Having been the voice of the Dodgers since 1950, Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully has more than see his share of stars, busts, and everything in between. Humble as he is, Scully certainly wouldn’t degrade a player with the term ‘bust,’ but the point nonetheless stands.
Now in his 65th season of broadcasting for the Dodgers, Scully’s mind is full of highs and lows for the franchise. With so many decades of service behind the microphone, no one dare questions Scully’s baseball intellect or remarkable memory.
Given that the 87 year old has taken in a countless number of baseball games over his career, Scully is well-versed in being able to assemble an all-time team. At the request of Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Dispatch that he put together a list of the 15 best National League stars, Dodgers opponents only, Scully drummed up this roster:
1B – Stan Musial
2B – Joe Morgan
SS – Ernie Banks
3B – Mike Schmidt
OF – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Roberto Clemente
C – Johnny Bench
SP – Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux.
RP – Bruce Sutter, Hoyt Wilhelm
Scully spoke fondly of Gibson, who won the NL Cy Young Award and MVP in 1968:
He epitomizes the competitor, the big guy you want out there in a pressure spot.
As for the overall team assembled, Scully enjoyed the process without needing to rely on history books:
It was fun thinking about it. I didn’t want to go looking up books and find the best players that ever played the games. But this is a pretty good team.”
Although he pokes fun at himself for holding the same position for so many years “without advancement,” as he puts it, Scully is a walking legend whose iconic status is exceeded only by his humbling personality.