Remembering Vin Scully

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Tuesday baseball lost its voice when Vincent Edward Scully passed at 94. The Dodgers will honor Vin by wearing a black patch on their uniforms for the rest of the season. Most of the baseball world is mourning the loss of Scully since he was a great ambassador for the game.

I had the privilege of listening to Vin for most of my life. Even when I moved out of my hometown of Pasadena, California, modern technology enabled me to listen to the greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived. At first, after I moved, I thought about becoming a fan of the Houston Astros. Although the team employed Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, the Astros’ broadcasters did not have the class nor know how to ignite the excitement about their team that Vin and his counterparts did. I frequently was offended by the Astros’ broadcasters. Vin never offended me.

If a baseball fan turned into one of Vin’s broadcasts, he would not know which team Vin worked for. After broadcasting for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years, Vin was a Dodger fan, but no one would know. Being impartial is the most difficult in sports. Vin did so much research for every game to be prepared.

Vin accompanied me every summer from the age of seven and forty-six. As a disabled woman, I have many lonely hours, but for three hours every summer night, Vin talked to me. He did not care if I could respond. He taught me so much about the game of baseball, history, literature, American culture, and life. While Mom tried to teach me the importance of hard work, Vin gave me an example of how hard work paid off. Also, I learned I needed a career that fascinated me so that I could devote my life to it, and it was Dodger baseball. I probably have spent over a million hours either watching or listening to the Dodgers over my lifetime.

 Vin had a fabulous command of the English language. It is difficult to believe as a youth, Vin had a heavy Irish brogue before going to Catholic school. Vin fell in love with the sound of the large cheering crowd. As a little elementary student, Vin would climb under an old-fashioned radio and let the roar of the crowd wash over him. The sound of the large crowd always thrilled Vin, and he used the crowd noise during his broadcasts effectively. Many people call Vin a baseball poet. Most casual baseball fans thought Vin had a script for games, but he did not. His extreme knowledge of English enabled him to paint beautiful verbal pictures, and I as a writer wish I had Vin’s command of the English language.

Vin was lucky to call some of the most famous baseball sights. He called 25 World Series, 20 no-hitters, and 3 perfect games. He usually worked alone so that he could talk to the audience. He knew exactly what to say at the most exciting baseball moments. No matter how exciting the game was, Vin was never rushed. He knew how he could express the enthusiasm of the moment. When Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, Vin could describe the scene well and relate the crucial moment to the importance of American history.

Since Vin started broadcasting in Brooklyn, he was my window to history. He saw Jackie Roosevelt Robinson play. He admired Roy “Campy” Campanella play and how he handled his quadriplegia. Vin rejoiced when Gil Hodges finally was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1982, Vin won the Ford C. Fick Award, meaning that he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Most people think Vin Scully was the greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived. I agree. His boundless enthusiasm inspired me. When Vin did not criticize any player unnecessarily, I noticed I do not criticize a player unless I must while my peers seem to delight in criticizing players to get headlines. I always wish every game will be errorless.

Tuesday, I lost the last part of my childhood. Vin was always there! He encouraged me when I needed it. He would tell a joke when I needed a laugh. I will miss Vin, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to listen to Vin Scully for forty seasons. Next to my parents, Vin had the most influence on my life, and I hope I will make him proud while he watches with his sweet bride Sandi from heaven.