Dodgers and MLB broadcasting legend Vin Scully has called many, many, famous baseball moments. The little nubber that dribbled through Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series. Kirk Gibson’s improbable homer in the 1988 World Series. Koufax’s perfect game in 1965. Don Larsen’s perfecto in the 1956 World Series.
But his finest performance may be his call of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun. Aaron blasted number 715 off of the Dodgers Al Downing, and passed Babe Ruth for the all-time record for most career home runs.
Yesterday marked the 47th anniversary of Aaron’s triumph – April 8, 1974.
“Fastball. It’s line drive into deep centerfield. Buckner goes back to the fence, it is gone!!”
Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run
As Aaron rounded seconded, Scully did what he does best, let the moment marinate. Scully didn’t utter a word for 27 seconds after the initial call. The cacophony of the crowd provided all the context for the gravity of Aaron’s 715th homerun.
Scully broke his silence to remind everyone that the home run meant much more than just two runs for the Braves and an all-time new record.
“What a marvelous moment for baseball. What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the deep south for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it’s a great moment for all of us.”
Ever classy, Scully narrated Aaron’s coronation at home plate as Aaron’s parents embraced him. He even noted the Dodgers sportsmanship as Aaron trotted the bases.
“As Aaron circled the bases, the Dodgers on the infield shook his hand and that was a memorable moment.”
Only a true master of his craft could provide the perfect backdrop for one of the greatest moments in baseball.