Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is currently in his 65th year as the voice of Dodger baseball. A New York native, the 86-year-old began his time with the Dodgers organization in 1957 when the team still played in Brooklyn. Having been with the Dodgers ever since, the broadcasting legend claims he is still excited about work everyday.
Scully joined WFAN Radio with Mike Francesa on Wednesday and admitted that he still receives goosebumps during every great moment:
I check myself every year, Mike, as far as goose bumps are concerned. Whether it’s a good play, a dramatic play, exciting play, whatever it might be, my reaction is always, I get goose bumps from head to toe. And the moment I don’t get them after a great play will tell me that it’s time to hang it up.”
Scully began the interview by first discussing Verne Lundquist, who will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting on Thursday. The Dodgers broadcaster had nothing but praise for the longtime CBS Sports broadcaster and spoke in admiration of Lundquist’s accomplishments in college football and basketball.
Beginning at his college radio station at Fordham University, a young Scully started his career by sending countless letters to every sports broadcasting station along the east coast and eventually heard back from a CBS Radio affiliate in Washington. Once legendary broadcaster Red Barber took Scully under his wing, the rest was history.
Scully called Barber a father figure and attributes his success today to his mentor. When asked about the advice he would give to young sports broadcasters today, Scully advised aspiring broadcasters to always be prepared and to always be themselves, both of which Barber once advised to Scully as a young broadcaster.
As Scully has aged, his travel has steadily decreased and he now only calls road games in California and Arizona. There have been exceptions made for occasional special trips such as, traveling to New York to for a series with the Yankees and this year’s Opening Series in Australia.
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