One thing that every Los Angeles Dodgers fan can agree upon is how great legendary broadcaster Vin Scully is at calling baseball games.
Scully, who is known for his infamous personal greetings prior to first pitch, “It’s time for Dodger Baseball!” and “Hi everybody, and very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be,” joined the Dodgers when the franchise was still in Brooklyn.
In 1950, Scully accompanied Red Barber and Cornelius Desmond in the Dodgers broadcasting booth. Over the years, Scully’s calls of games have included personal anecdotes on Dodgers and opposing players. In an interview on AM 570 LA Sports, Scully discussed his reasons for including delving into the personal lives of players:
These [players] are not wind-up dolls, these are human beings playing this game. If I can get them related to the listener or the fan… You start to make the players human. It is just something that evolved over the years.
This aspect of Scully’s broadcasts are what make him so great and revered. He’s also extremely humble and gracious of any attention or praise he receives. If a fan waves to him during the game, he will calmly stand up and wave back.
Scully began his broadcasting career in 1950 when Red Barber, the Dodgers announcer at the time, recruited him. After Barber left the Dodgers for the New York Yankees in 1953, Scully covered the World Series as the Dodgers just so happened to be playing the Yankees.
At age 25, Scully became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game, which is a record that still stands today. Few people are lucky enough to stay around the game as long as Scully has, and at the age of 87, he continues to teach people how to love this great game of baseball.