Vin Scully Retires
Growing up in LA, one thing you could always count on in the Summer (other than the inevitable smog alerts) was the sound of Vin Scully's voice melodically echoing out of the speaker the opening line that creat excitement in a way only he could do: "Its time for Dodger baseball!"
Having been recruited right out of college, Vin found himself at the right place at the right time. When a contract dispute erupted between CBS Radio Director Red Barber and the World Series sponsor Gillette, Scully took Barber's spot and at the age of 25 became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game.
Scully became "the Voice of the Dodgers in Brooklyn, moving with the team to LA in 1957. At the time, the Dodgers played in LA's enormous Memorial Coliseum. Fans had a difficult time following the game because of the size of the stadium and would bring transistor radios with them to hear Scully describe what was going on. The tradition continued when the Dodgers moved to their own stadium in 1962.
Scully was one of the last broadcasters to work solo. He would announce the game simulcast on radio and TV for the first three innings, then continue with the remainder of the game on TV. Scully says that broadcasting solo allows him to have a conversation with the listener instead of a broadcasting partner, which establishes a rapport that wouldn't occur otherwise. This is true for me - listening or watching the games growing up, I always felt like Vin was talking TO me, rather than AT me. Something I strive to emulate in my own voiceover work to this day.
Scully called over NINE THOUSAND games, including 21 no hitters, 3 perfect games and 28 world series broadcasts.
Congratulations on a fantastic career, Vin. Your voice will be missed.
Photo courtesy: ESPN.com
About Rob Marley - A Los Angeles native, Rob is an accomplished voice talent, producer and writer, now living in the Hill Country of Austin, Texas. Find out more here.