Vin Scully has been broadcasting baseball games since 1950. Last month he announced his decision to return for an unprecedented 63rd consecutive season with the Dodgers in 2012, to the delight of Dodgers fans everywhere. Scully recently sat down to discuss his greatest calls with Daniel Riley of GQ.â†µ
The article is a must-read, and must-listen too as the article includes audio of Scully himself reminiscing. Scully said he threw up on the morning of the start of the 1953 World Series, when at 25 years old he became the youngest to ever call a World Series:â†µ
I'm going to be working with the great [Yankees announcer] Mel Allen. Mel and I had been slight friends, but when I got to the park he said, 'I just talked to your boss'—that was Walter O'Malley—and Mel was kind enough to say this: 'Walter said to me, 'Mel, take care of my boy.'' Well that made me feel kind of extra warm and good, so I got through the World Series. That was really an impactful time, 1953. I was 25 years old. That's a big job for a kid.â†µ
What makes Scully great is that, even after 63 years of calling baseball games, he still has a love of the game. You can hear it in Scully's voice when he told Riley, "It's what makes this game so great, you just can't take anything for granted."â†µ
An important lesson to learn. Here's hoping that even after all these years, we never take Vin Scully for granted.â†µ
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