Vin Scully has been around the block a few times in the announcer's booth. He was named to the Hall of Fame in 1982, and has had a career nearly as long after he was named the Ford C. Frick Award winner as after it. His place of work at Dodger Stadium even has his name on it, the Vin Scully Press Box.
He has called three perfect games, including Don Larsen's World Series perfecto in 1956. Scully has called 19 no-hitters, including Fernando Valenzuela's in 1990, at the conclusion of which Scully said, "If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky."
Scully has announced 25 World Series -- who can forget his "Behind the bag!" call of Bill Buckner's error in Game 6 in 1986? -- and 12 All-Star Games ("Bo Jackson says hello" in 1989 in Anaheim). But on Friday night during the broadcast of the Dodgers game with the Rockies, Scully made his latest great announcement, deciding to return to the Dodgers in 2012, his 63rd with the team.
Scully is the nicest man I have ever had the privilege to meet, and he is humble to his core. "I don't want to make a big deal out of it" is classic Scully, always deflecting the focus away from himself and back to the game. "Now let's get back to this one" is a phrase wtih which Scully likes to end his mid-game stories, and lickily for Dodger fans, they will get to hear that phrase through at least 2012.
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