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The term GOAT gets thrown around way too liberally these days. There are some all-time greats and some really goods that deserve praise but it feels as if calling someone the “Greatest of All-Time” has lost a bit of the impact it used to.
That’s not the case for Vin Scully.
And it will never not be the case.
Scully became the legendary voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for whom he broadcast games for an astonishing 67 years. His iconic calls included Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record setting 715th career home run, and even “The Catch” in the 1981 NFC Championship game.
Those were all incredible and are worthy of celebration but what made Scully special was his ability to tell stories. Sure, he had them of the greatest players the game ever saw and he saw plenty of those guys up close, but his stories of the other players who weren’t All-Star regulars or megastars are what I always enjoyed most about him. Check out below to hear just a few of his less iconic but equally as great of calls over the years.
Earlier today our colleague Matt Zemek at Trojans Wire shared a story of how a college football game at Fenway Park actually served as Scully’s major breakthrough in terms of broadcasting.
From the piece Zemek found on Boston.com:
It was November 12, 1949, and Scully was just a 21-year-old looking to break into broadcasting after graduating from Fordham University. A special circumstance had helped him land the job of calling the game at Fenway Park between 6-0 Boston University and 5-1 Maryland.
It was legendary Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell (who was once fired by Bo Schembechler – good going there) was reassigned to call the Notre Dame-North Carolina game that day which led to the famed Red Barber reaching out to Scully and getting him to announce the Boston University vs. Maryland game at Fenway. Notre Dame routed the Tar Heels 42-6 that day which meant Scully’s game received the majority of CBS’ attention as it was competitive.
Shortly after Scully joined the Dodgers broadcast booth and the rest is history.
I’m not silly enough to think Vin wouldn’t have made it one day if not for calling that Boston U.-Maryland game but he wouldn’t have gotten his start quite as quickly.
From a baseball fan that was blessed to be able to fall asleep to Dodgers games on MLB.tv for the better part of the last 15 years, RIP Vin. Thank you for the incredible memories and helping spread your love for baseball with a world that will never hear from a finer broadcaster.
"That is fertilizer!"
— Dave (@DoyersDave) August 3, 2022
Jonny Gomes survives wolf attack
how the hell do you tell the story of a wolf attacking a boy during an at bat calmly, colorfully and without missing a pitch? Vin Scully was an absolute artist pic.twitter.com/aLjUYv7mme
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 3, 2022
Vin hates socialism
And who doesn’t for that matter?
Madison Baumgardner kills a rattlesnake
But learns a valuable lesson along the way…
Vin Scully’s story about Madison Bumgarner and the rattlesnake will never be topped.pic.twitter.com/wOElYbXH4K
— KNBR (@KNBR) August 3, 2022
Jackie Robinson on ice skates
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) August 3, 2022
Pirates trainer saves dog from heart attack
RIP Vin Scully. Here’s an incredible story he told on the air during a national Pirates-Cubs game back in 1988. pic.twitter.com/9NvHXbC7p2
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) August 3, 2022
Vin spits on Hitler's birthday
That time Vin Scully remarked that it was Hitler's birthday, just so it could spit on it twice.
"There's one other birthday nobody talks about, as Trumbo fouls it back. Today is Adolf Hitler's birthday. Ptooey. Ptooey again. No score in the third."https://t.co/jn6RMREFkU
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) August 3, 2022
Vin reads a grocery list
And never has a trip to the store sounded so appealing.
vin scully reads a grocery list pic.twitter.com/eU62Mq7rF2
— Sam Fishell (@SamFishell) August 3, 2022
Vin was even great in movies
From “For Love of the Game”
Vin Scully, the best to ever do it.
Real life or cinema.
— Sports Entertainment (@OutsiderSports) August 3, 2022
Gives history lesson on Socrates
Here's Vin Scully using the name "Socrates Brito" as an excuse to give a short lesson on the life of Greek philosopher Socrates and what hemlock is, while not missing calling a pitch pic.twitter.com/eH039sdWLw
— ℳatt (@matttomic) August 3, 2022
Vin has trouble with tweets or 'twits'
Happy **TENTH** anniversary to this important Vin Scully moment. pic.twitter.com/iIBEtCdfK1
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 3, 2022
Vin was great at The Masters as well
Oh, Vin Scully also called some legendary moments at @TheMasters too — like Gary Player capping a back nine 30 with a birdie on 18 to come back from 10th place to eventually win it all at Augusta in 1978
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) August 3, 2022
Calm even during the worst of plays
No amount of chaos could phase Vin Scully pic.twitter.com/7Zb8eGsxlJ
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 3, 2022
Calls Kershaw's no-hitter
Vin Scully. Los Angeles icon. My favorite Vin moment ever. Thank god he got to witness Kershaw win a World Seriss.
— Klein25 (@Klein25) August 3, 2022
Final sign off
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) August 3, 2022
Never before was there an announcer as good as him and never again will there be.
Thank you Vin.