Vin Scully appears committed to this whole retirement thing.
Scully, the immortal voice of Dodgers baseball, won’t be at Dodger Stadium Monday for Opening Day. He also said it’s unlikely he’ll even tune in.
“It’s a day game. I’ll probably have things to do,” Scully said. “I might catch a piece of it.”
— AM 570 LA Sports (@AM570LASports) March 29, 2017
Scully has been calling Dodgers games since 1950 – it’s hard to fault him for taking a break from baseball. In fact, he told the Associated Press being in a stadium and not announcing is a bit of an odd feeling.
“During the World Series back around ’77 or ’78, there was a game at Dodger Stadium with the Yankees, and I went to the game as a spectator,” he said. “Now, I hadn’t been as a spectator in a long, long time, and I felt somewhat restless that I wasn’t broadcasting.”
Despite his retirement, Scully hasn’t spent much time out of the news. He was honored by the Library of Congress Wednesday, inducted into the National Recording Registry. The honor is for his play-by-play of the Brooklyn Dodgers versus New York Giants game on Sept. 8, 1957. It was the final game at the Polo Grounds, and both teams relocated to their current cities in 1958.
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) March 29, 2017
Scully said it was personally more meaningful for him, having grown up in New York.
His call is classified as a “treasure” and fit the criteria of being of “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.”
The Dodgers fans – and all of baseball – will miss perhaps the most iconic figure of the baseball broadcasting professional. The feeling is mutual.
“Sure, after 67 years, you’ll bet I’ll miss it,” he said. “But heck, I miss the guys I hung out with when I was in school.”
Even without Scully, it’s almost time for Dodger baseball.