Emotions, Spirits High for Scully’s Final Game at Dodger Stadium

September 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Vin Scully broadcast his final game at Dodger Stadium Sunday, addressed the crowd for about 90 seconds, followed by the playing of a recording of his singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

“I am terribly embarrassed,” Scully told following the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 victory 10-inning over the Colorado Rockies that assured them of their fourth consecutive National League West Division championship.

“I was hoping that we would win the game 10-0 and there would be no tension and it would be a nice, easy day because I have a very, very small modest contribution on my last day,” Scully told the crowd announced at 51,962.

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“I have always felt that you folks in the stands have been far, far important to me. You have given me enthusiasm. You have given me young at heart.”

“Believe me when I tell you I’ve needed you far more than you neededme. I wanted to try and express my appreciation to all the players, God bless them, and to all you folks here in the ballpark.”

“It’s a very modest thing. I sang this for my wife. It was a loving gesture. You know the song, `Wind Beneath My Wings.’

“That’s what you are. You are the wind beneath the team’s wings. You’re my wind. I know it’s modest. I know it’s an amateur. Do you mind listening?”

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

After the crowd cheered, the recording played, while Scully had his left arm around his wife Sandra.

Dodger batters tipped their helmets to Scully before their first at-bats and several of his grandchildren visited him in the broadcast booth.

Charlie Culberson’s first homer of the season broke a tie with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Dodgers tied the score when Corey Seager hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

 Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)


Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Colorado had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning when David Dahl hit a solo homer with two outs on a 1-2 pitch from relief ace Kenley Jansen.

The 88-year-old Scully has said his final game will be next Sunday, when the Dodgers will be playing in San Francisco, because it comes 80 years to the day when he saw a sign at a laundry in his native New York City reporting the score of Game 2 of the World Series that day — New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4, that prompted him to become a baseball fan.

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“It seems like the plan was laid out for me, and all I had to do was follow the instructions,” Scully said.

On the day after his final game, Scully said “maybe the first thing I’ll do is take my watch off and put it in the drawer and just think ‘I can do anything I want,’ which probably will be have a nice breakfast, read the papers, maybe take a walk and get a good book and read that book.”

Scully said that in retirement he’ll most miss “the people who have just made me feel so much at home.”

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Scully’s 67 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 broadcaster since 1954.

Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record-
setting 715th home run.

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.

A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.

Scully said he would like to be remembered as “a good, honest man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather. I’m not even thinking about sports announcing.”

It’s ‘Vin Fever’ Time L.A.

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a special thing going on this year that goes beyond the team’s players, coaches or even the teams win loss record for that matter: It’s Vin Scully fever.

An Elysian Park street was re-named in April as part of the City of Los Angeles' yearlong tribute to legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully (pictured second from left), who will retire after 67 years as the "Voice of the Dodgers." (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

An Elysian Park street was re-named in April as part of the City of Los Angeles’ yearlong tribute to legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully (pictured second from left), who will retire after 67 years as the “Voice of the Dodgers.” (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

After 67 years in the broadcast booth, the famed baseball announcer will call his last three home games in front of sold out crowds at Dodgers Stadium.

“Vin Scully Weekend” will include special tributes during the team’s series against the visiting Colorado Rockies, then it’s on to San Francisco where the “Voice of the Dodgers” will call his final game Oct. 2 against the Giants.

The final home stand games are sold out and can be seen on KTLA 5 over the weekend.

At 88-years-old, Scully says this is it, again telling reporters Tuesday he won’t broadcast any Dodgers games during the post-season.

The yearlong goodbye has been building in intensity, made all the better by the Dodgers’ winning season and the promise of post-season play.

Could it be the Scully’s magic has traveled to the players through a force only they can understand? Whatever it is, Dodgers fans couldn’t be more excited. “Vin Fever” is everywhere.

Scully already has the key to Angelenos’ hearts and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will make it official tonight when he presents the Ford C. Frick Award winner a Key to the City during a ceremony before tonight’s Dodgers-Rockies game.

Fireworks will light up the sky over Dodgers Stadium tonight, but as every fan knows, Vin Scully is the brightest light out there.

Vin Scully ‘Overwhelmed’ By Street Dedication

April 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A street leading to Dodger Stadium was dedicated today as Vin Scully Avenue, prompting the longtime Dodger broadcaster to say he was “overwhelmed” by the honor he once declined.

Scully began his nearly 6 1/2-minute acceptance speech like he would a broadcast, saying “Hi everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon to you,” drawing cheers from the crowd of fans estimated by a team official as “a few hundred,” just inside Dodger Stadium’s main entrance.

Elysian Park street re-named Monday for legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

Elysian Park street re-named Monday for legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

“I had to get that out because in all honesty, if you asked me this very minute how do you feel about what’s going on, I would have to say overwhelmed,” Scully said. “I really am.”

Scully later said he was overwhelmed by the kindness and excitement of fans.

“Just to hear you, your enthusiasm, the voice that comes roaring out of the stands, there’s nothing like it,” the 88-year-old Scully said.

Following his opening remarks, Scully recounted his youth in Manhattan during the Great Depression, playing stickball on the streets, and said, “I have to thank almighty God, first of all, to be this old and to continue to do something that I loved all my life.”

Scully then praised his wife Sandi, discussing “the lonely days and nights that a wife has while her husband is working in the ballpark or for that matter, spending over 100 days on the road away from her.”

“If you are fortunate enough to have a wife without complaint you have been blessed and I have been blessed with Sandy,” Scully said.

Scully has said this will be his final season after a record 67 seasons with the team. He said he will most miss “the roar of the crowd,” which brings him back to when he was 8 years old, listening on his family’s radio to college football games that would later spark his interest in becoming a broadcaster.

Mayor Eric Garcetti recalled going to games as a child with his father Gil, who would be elected district attorney in 1992, and asking why fans at the games would bring transistor radios with them.

“My dad had a two-word answer — Vin Scully,” Garcetti said. “He said they understand the game more, they understand the players and the history and the context.” Scully has been “the voice and the heart and the soul of this city,” and “an angel in the City of Angels,” Garcetti said, using a phrase frequently used by former Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was also in attendance.

First District Councilman Gil Cedillo spearheaded effort to bring about the name change and on Friday  the City Council gave their final approval to the changing the name of what had been Elysian Park Avenue. The stadium’s new address, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, was on a new sign welcoming fans to the stadium that was unveiled last week.

When Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn following the 1957 season, or O’Malley’s son Peter, instead of himself.

“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”

Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until the team’s sale to the Fox Group in 1997.

“The city is thrilled to be honoring such a legend in Los Angeles. Dodger fans span beyond the First District and beyond the city of Los Angeles, with everyone knowing the voice of Vin Scully,” Cedillo said today. “When Angelenos attend a Dodger game, they will now say, ‘turn on to Vin Scully Ave.’ Vin will be immensely missed, but we wish him well as he kicks off his final season in broadcasting. We would also thank the Los Angeles Dodgers for planting more than 40 new trees and repairing much needed sidewalks along the street.”

Scully has been a Dodger broadcaster since 1950, the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 announcer since 1954, succeeding his mentor, Red Barber, who had become a broadcaster with the New York Yankees.

Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record- setting 715th home run.

Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.

A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.

Updated 6:30 p.m.

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