Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers announcer, retires at the end of the season. It’s hard to believe, but he joined the Dodgers only three years after Jackie Robinson did.
I just read a wonderful remembrance of Scully’s work by NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski and another by Keith Olbermann.
♦ Of all the stories I’ve read about Vin, this one by Olbermann gave me the best sense of his humanity–and his ties to the men who played for the Dodgers over the years. It refers to the great First Baseman, Gil Hodges, who played early in Scully’s career and died far too young. I’ll let Olbermann take it from here:
♦ To top it off, here’s Vin calling the final strike in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965. (The video is only 20 seconds.)
♥ Hat tip to Joe Posnanski and Keith Olbermann for their writings
♥ With best wishes to my baseball-loving friend, Michael Mandelbaum, and to my friend, Sam Peltzman, who grew up in Brooklyn, when the Dodgers were still “Dose Bums at Ebbets Field.”