“Hi, everybody, and a pleasant Thursday to you!” Vin Scully said when he took the lectern at Tournament House on Thursday morning. As his signature opening line, he laughed, “I just had to say that.” The Dodger play-by-play announcer was the choice of Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to be the 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshal.
It is a year of auspicious anniversaries: the 125th Rose Parade, the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the 100th anniversary of Tournament House, and the 65th year of Dodger baseball with Vin Scully.
Ever since the Dodgers hit Los Angeles in 1958, there has been one team member whom everyone loves, the one guy whose voice has always reassured fans no matter what storms the organization was experiencing, the constant in a world where team members come and go every few years.
That has been Vin Scully. Vin Scully, baseball Hall-of-Famer, voice of the Dodgers for 64 years and still going strong, American Sportscasters Association top sportscaster of the 20th century. The red-haired eight-year-old who propped himself on a pillow under the radio to listen to football games pursued his dream to become a broadcaster, and the dream came true.
And for Vin Scully fans, a dream came true on Thursday when Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins announced that Scully would be Grand Marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade. Our first reaction is posted here: “Rose Parade 2014 Grand Marshal: Dreams come true for fans with Vin Scully”
Even in accepting the honor, Scully did not take it for himself. He insisted it was simply because he’s been around so long, the Dodgers are having a good season, and the fans are so wonderful. All true—but Jenkins said, “His two most outstanding characteristics and the prime reasons I chose him” are Scully’s humility and integrity.
We had an opportunity to speak with the “best in the biz” after the announcement. Browse through the list attached to this article for photos and more quotes from the master, including his thoughts on the new Dodger management.
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter. Like All Things Rose Parade on Facebook or subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link for the latest news and for upcoming announcements. If you have a question or would like a reply to your comment, please post on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org