Unless you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or part of that even larger crowd that holds sportscaster Vin Scully in high esteem, you’ve probably read enough in this column about the man Angelenos lovingly refer to as “Vinnie.” We’ve written about his acceptance of the invitation to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, posted photos of the event, and written him up in our Rose Parade wrap up.
But did you see him in the parade on Jan. 1, 2014? In that great-looking 1950 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe Convertible, manufactured the same year he called his first ball game? Did you see how he idolized the fans who idolized him and screamed like little girls as he passed? Well, you can see that all here, in the slideshow with this article.
Scully’s 65-year tenure with the Dodgers, which began the year his Rose Parade ride was manufactured, is the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in the history of all professional sports. He started young. He called his first game at age 22, at 25 became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series Game. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in1982 and was elected the top sportscaster of the 20th century by the non-profit American Sportscasters Association in 2000.
Here are some of the highlights of Scully’s broadcast career:
- The only championship won by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955
- Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run
- Kirk Gibson’s miracle homer in the 1988 World Series
- Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters, including one perfect game
- Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series
- Scoreless inning streaks by Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser
- Three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games.
Humility and integrity are Scully’s hallmarks beyond his broadcasting style. As 2014 Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins said, these are “his two most outstanding characteristics and the prime reasons I chose him.” After the announcement, he told us, “I had to figure out why they were asking me.” The only reason he could think of was his “longevity” and the fact that the Dodgers were having a successful season, “because I haven’t done anything.”
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