Vin Scully - "BOBBLEHEAD NITE" - (long overdue)

Passing out "Bobbleheads" to the first 20-25 thousand fans entering the ballpark is nothing new. What is "new" the "Bobblehead" is Vin Scully. Scully has broadcast Dodger games since 1950 and at age 84 still brings a level of drama to games that few can rival. Scully, as his friends call him, is a living "legend" of our time. He began his career in an era where television was just emerging and the vast majority of baseball fans relied on the radio. This required broadcasters to not simply announce balls, strikes, hits, and foul balls, but to create a powerful "visible" image that enabled fans to feel like they were watching the game. No one in MLB has done that better. Here's how sports writer Randy Shaw described Sully's broadcast style.

"Sully described the breeze, level of sun, and the mottled light facing the batter. He captured the anxiety of the crowd, facial tics of the pitcher, and the rootedness of the batter - all in between pitches. He was the baseball "Picasso" of his time, an artist who gave listeners as vivid a picture of the game as those in attendance. Scully has a sing-song rhythm to his voice that cannot be replicated in this era requiring homogenous sounding announcers."

He made fans appreciate all players and loved Willie Mays and Willie McCovey even when their home runs beat the Dodgers. Vin Scully has brought millions great pleasure when they tuned in to Dodger games on their radios. Recently he announced he'll be back to broadcast his 64th season next year. When asked how long he would continue - Scully noted in his typical fashion - "my mother lived to 97."

Scully's broadcast years have produced an unprecedented collection of baseball related quotations. Here's a sampling.

"FORGET IT" - (his most popular home run call)

"Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day (pause) Aren't we all? (1991)

"He's (Tom Glavine) like a tailor,a little off here,a little off there & you're done, take a

"How good was Stan Musial? He was good enough to take your breath away." (1989)

"It was typical of him (Ted Williams) to become a Marine Air Corps pilot and see action and almost get shot down. He was a remarkable American as well as a remarkable ballplayer. His passing so close to a national holiday seems part of a divine plan, so we can always remember him not only as a great player but also as a great patriot."

"The Dodgers are such a .500 team that if there were a way to split a three-game series,
they'd find it."(1990) - Vin Scully was "never" a "homer."
When you think of Vin Scully you think of the Dodgers. He's in Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Having a Vin Scully - "Bobblehead" nite, (tonight) is long overdue............

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"

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By Larry Upton
Friday, 31 Aug 2012


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