Today is Presidents Day, and in honor of that day we’re going to take a look back at the time that legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully called the 1989 All-Star Game with President Ronald Reagan for one inning.
It was a historic event as President Reagan had been out of office for only a few short months prior to calling the game in Anaheim, California. It’s often remembered for the leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning by Kansas City Royals superstar Bo Jackson.
President Reagan and Vin Scully called the first inning of the game, an inning in which there were four runs scored – an amount that accounted for half of the game’s total runs. The game saw the American League come out on top, 5-3.
In total, there were four Dodgers players who participated in the festivities: right-hander Orel Hershiser, reliver Jay Howell, catcher Mike Scioscia, and second baseman Willie Randolph. Iconic skipper Tommy Lasorda was the manager of the National League.
President Reagan passed away in 2004, and he was laid to rest at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. He served as the President of the United States from 1981-1989.
The 1989 All-Star Game was the last All-Star Game in the nearby area prior to the game returning to Anaheim in 2010. The city of Los Angeles hasn’t hosted the All-Star Game since 1980. There’s hope it’ll come soon.
With this being Vin Scully’s final season calling Dodgers games, you have to soak in and enjoy moments like these. Presidents Day is just one way to look back at Scully’s impact on the game as a whole because of the time he called a game with Ronald Reagan.
It’s not often that announcers get that great honor, and it should come as no shock that it was Scully who got it. So, on this day, we salute both Scully and President Reagan for their fine job calling the first inning of the 1989 MLB All-Star Game.