Scully: One More Year

Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will work through the 2010 season, then retire, he told the Los Angeles Times. Scully, 81, is in his 60th season at the mike for the club. – Ken Gurnick

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Not only will the Dodgers lose the best voice in baseball, so will major league baseball!! Vin Scully for the Dodgers fan has brought joy, sorrow, triumph and tragedy in just one evening of baseball! By far the best announcer I’ve ever heard as I was introduced to Mr. Scully’s voice as a little boy during the 1963 baseball season by my Dad who passed away this year. Mr. Scully’s voice I know is well known in all types of sports, but I’ll always remember my childhood listening to many different Dodgers games. Him and Jerry Doggett.
I think the call of Vin Scully’s I still remember the most is the pitch Sandy Koufax made that got away from him and Sandy hollered for the batter to look out!! Mr. Scully THANK YOU From all Dodgers fans and baseball.
My wife asked me what i wanted for my birthday this year and she said she will try to contact the Dodgers for my wise of an autographed Vin Scully baseball. Again Mr. Scully THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

The Dodgers are Vin Scully. I am 65 years and go back hearing his voice on AM radio as a kid and watching black and white TV (Ch. 9) listening to the great voice of Mr Scully. You will be missed.

P.S. WIFE not wise! oops Don

15 months from now the Los Angeles Dodgers will loose the only voice it ever had since they moved her in ’59. Mr. Scully I can never thank you enough for bringing the Dodgers in my home every night. You are truly the last of the best in broadcasting. Like Chick (Lakers) and Miller (Kings) L.A. has been spoiled. I will miss you saying, Hi everybody, and a very pleasant evening to you, wherever you may be.” I will miss you sir. you are what makes the dodgers the dodgers.

I listened to three people growing up. My father, my mother and Vin Scully. Thank you Vin for giving me a passion in my life, for your colorful and meaningful stories that taught me to love a game and love life. You are completely irreplaceable. I dread October 2010.

I grew up listening to Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett and was saddened when I could not listen to Jerry’s voice over the airwaves anymore. My 2 boys have come to know and appreciate everything that Vin Scully has brought to baseball as I have. My youngest once told me, while listening to a game in the car, that Vin Scully makes it feel like he’s at the game and not listening to the radio. My oldest son says he learns more about baseball by listening to Mr. Scully during games. Now, alas, the voice that is recognized world wide as the voice of the Dodgers will retire. A sad day that will be, but we have been blessed by your true love of the game, Mr. Scully. God Bless you. You will be missed.

Vinny, please consider staying longer! Your voice is Summer. You got me through college. You were there when my husband was in the hospital, at the worst most desperate time of our lives, you brought us joy. You were there for the most wonderful moments, in the background, with your unmatched poetry.

I almost cried when I saw this headline. And I’m going to cry when you sign off next September. You’re a member of the family. You are The Dodgers.

I’m sure we all knew, regrettably, this day would come eventually…but, even after 60 seasons, and at age 81, Mr Scully does his job wonderfully, professionally, with skill and ease. His style, combined with baseball knowledge, and superb perception of the game provide the best game broadcast in all of sport.
For the folks who have had the opportunity to listen to him on radio and TV for many, many years…consider yourselves extremely lucky. I’ve only had the chance to hear Mr. Scully’s work regularly for the past few years because of the introduction of the MLB package on cable — that’s the only way I can get my daily dose of beloved Dodger Blue here in Oklahoma.
Mr. Scully’s work is impeccable — he is a WINNER in every possible sense of the word!

We need to clone Vin Scully. I know it’s a controversial topic, but he’s the only man alive that we should clone. I kept thinking he’d go out while calling a game. Between him & Chick Hearn, we angelenos have been blessed. There will never be another

Vin Scully will always be the best at what he does. He will be Respected sincerely throughout the baseball world. He will be and will always be the dodgers broadcaster

Vin Scully will always be the best at what he does. He will be Respected sincerely throughout the baseball world. HE will be and will always be the dodgers broadcaster

Scully is, was, and always will be the greatest announcer of all time. His style and demeanor in the booth is unmatched. No one can closely compare to the legend of Vin Scully.

For 60 years, he’s been the voice of Summer for the boys in blue. Since the days in Brooklyn, Dodger fans have been fortunate to hear this man’s voice on their radio’s, televisions, and whereever else his voice may have carried to. Though the temptation for him to stay is obvious, it’s time for the man to call it quits.

He’s going to be 82 in his final year, not many people live to be 82. Scully has been blessed with great health, and a great voice… Mr. Scully, if I could only meet you I wish I could tell you how much better my life has been with you announcing games.

I, like most people, listened to and heard Vin’s voice more than I have heard my father’s voice… His departure will be a sad day in the MLB, Dodger Stadium, and around the world. Mr, Scully you are just amazing.

It was a barbeque in our back yard in Encino in the month of July days before my 46 year old brother was born. I stood by as I watched my dad tending to a newly lit flame on the grill. On the ledge of the grill sat my dad’s old solid state sylvania, one he’d had since I could remember.
Already at that time, the familiar voice of Vinny was so recognizable to a young boy only about to turn 6 myself.

Because of you Mr. Vin Scully, my dad who’s been gone since those early days of Hersheiser and my brothers and I over the years have never stopped following the Dodgers no matter where we are or who’s playing the game; again to say, because of you.

There have been countless times over those same years that we couldn’t just tune in to hear the best voice in radio, so we could only imagine it…

“ball hit well out to deep left center field…awaaay baaaack, sheee’s gooone”

Thank you Vinny.

Vinny, you are a class act. I wish you a long and happy retirement. Come on now team, let’s win a World Series for Vin before he leaves.

i’m glad he’s finally stepping down. i agree with what jeff kent said, he talks too much.

Vin Scully has been the jeweled crown in Dodger baseball; unequivicolly an American icon! Baseball fans, listeners of all ages, have been charmed, uplifted, educated, brought to tears of joy and defeat by the enthusiasm and confidence Scully’s voice delivers for over 60 years! How lucky are we! Vin- we will miss tremendously…we wish you only the very best! Thank you! Thank you!

My earliest recollections of Dodger baseball are from the mid sixties. One voice. One smile. One genuine human being stands out above all others when I think back over 40 years of baseball memories; Vin Scully. His unmistakeable voice will resonate within me for so long as I live.

There are so many great moments in the history of Dodgers baseball but there will never be another voice, another personality like the legendary Vin Scully. The lump in my throat and tears in my eyes lay testament to a most incredible member of the family. A long life to you, Vin. And thank you so very much for all you have given.

Vin Scully has always been there for me! I sat on my dad’s lap when I was 3 listening to Vin. Vin was there all though elementary, junior and high school. He was there when my kids were born. He was there for them as they grew up! his voice is a part of our family. His voice and presence will be missed.

Rene De La Cruz

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Vin Scully has always been there for me! I sat on my dad’s lap when I was 3 listening to Vin. Vin was there all though elementary, junior and high school. He was there when my kids were born. He was there for them as they grew up! his voice is a part of our family. His voice and presence will be missed.

Rene De La Cruz

Look for ThankYouVInScully on YouTube! Post your thanks!

Vin Scully has always been there for me! I sat on my dad’s lap when I was 3 listening to Vin. Vin was there all though elementary, junior and high school. He was there when my kids were born. He was there for them as they grew up! his voice is a part of our family. His voice and presence will be missed.

Rene De La Cruz

Look for ThankYouVInScully on YouTube! Post your thanks!

It’s hard to believe Vin Scully’s been broadcasting in Los Angeles since 1958. I still remember listening to him so well as an eleven year old boy that first year. 1958 was a poor season for the Dodgers and they finished just out of the cellar. The Phillies were the bottom dwellers that year.
The only regular season games which were broadcast on local L. A. TV in those days were from Frisco (9 games) on KTTV Channel 11.
One of the last statements Scully spoke during that dismal year was, in essence, “….we’ve all witnessed bad days as well as good times. Don’t worry friends, soon good fortune will be experienced once again. Thank you Los Angeles for your support….” The next year, 1959–well we know which team was World Series Champions that year.

Wow, this hurts. I cannot believe how hard this has hit me this morning. The pain though, is filled with pride, as it is only the result of the love we all feel for Vin.
I was at the Coloseum game last year, and by far the most memorable part was when Vin came out and was honored with a bronze plaque on the arched peristyles. It gave us– 100,000 of us, a chance to cheer Vin. And we sure did, and it felt great to give back love to this man who has given us so much over the years.

Thank you Vin, we love you.

I would mirror all the comments I see. I was born in Jersey in Vin’s first year broadcasting in Brooklyn, and was listening to him at the age of 2. We moved to LA right before the Dodgers did, and I’ve had the great pleasure of listening to his intelligent commentary for all these years. Many nights as a child, I would go to bed with a transistor radio under my pillow so I could hear his call of the game. I wrote him a few years ago to thank him, and to express my joy that my own son was able to grow up hearing the very best as well. Thanks Vin!

Vin Scully is the man in the gray flannel suit.
He is a man who goes to work, knowing he has a job to do, and is always prepared. He won’t yuk it up on the air with some worthless sidekick, having too much respect for the listener and the job at hand. He’s not there to tell us how he feels; we’ll never know if he’s having a “bad day.” He is there to call it straight and fair, describing action, letting the listener decide how to react. For 60 years, he’s done his job.

Let’s face it, they just don’t make adults like Vin Scully anymore.

Man Im not even a dodgers fan and im sad…probably the only reason i watch the games is to hear him broadcast…I will def miss him

I always knew this day would come. I never wanted to think about it but it was always at the back of my mind. Vin, in all the chaos you could call my life, there was one consistent thing I had to look forward to. You. From the days of my youth through present day, my fondness and aprreciation have grown and grown. To hear ” its time for Dodger Baseball” uttered from you still gives me goosebumps and the excitement to come. To hear you call a game is something magical. I am taken back to my childhood everytime I hear your voice. Its amazing that of the many people I talk to about you, most of them say that you remind them of a lost and cherished loved one. Especially a particular moment maybe lost in time, but remebered all to well upon hearing your voice. I am hurt, yet proud to be a Dodger fan. You have keptt all the style and class of this organization even when some others did not. I am a 28 year old man, saddened at the fact that my 5 month old babygirl wont be able to hear you call a game, to truly know what lifelong greatness is, to see a level of dedication so rare and a heart so big for all that baseball represents. We love you Vin, I love you Vin, I am not ashamed to write that, you are like a father to me, you can never be replaced, Live well and long Mr. Scully. Thank you for giving so many of us a chance to see a ballgame without actually being able to see one. Class Act. Legend and a blessing to this great city of L.A.

Everyone needs to start sending letters to FOX Sports right now to have them hire Vinny for the 2010 World Series. No matter who is playing, the greatest gift possible for baseball fans everywhere would be to hear Vin call the World Series one last time. He Used to do it all the time in the 80s,even if the Dodgers weren’t playing. Have Vin alone in the booth, and have Buck and whoever else they want be in other locations of the park giving color-commentary. But Vin, alone in the booth, one last time. Start writing!!!!

Its 949pm September the 9th 1965 on the right field scoreboard and the greatest of them all Vin Scully is calling Sandy Koufax Perfect Game. That S stands out more than the CULLY for SUPERIOR. Vin thanks for all the great broadcast. You are in a League of your own THE BEST OF ALL TIME

OK VINNY HAS BEEN GREAT; BUT, HE NEEDS TO TURN THE COMPUTERS OFF AND JUST DESCRIBE THE GAME AS HE SEES IT WITH HIS 2 EYES. THAT’S WHERE HE IS GOOD. OTHERWISE, HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME VOMITING COMPUTER GENERATED STATS!!

I have been listening to Mr Scully since I can remember and you would hear him doing other things like golf in the offseason but there was no better feeling when February and March came around and you head those magical words come out said by the greatest broadcaster…’Its time for Dodger baseball’, you will defenitley be missed Mr. Scully but thank you for the memories you left us with.

I agree with all these accolades about the incomparable Vin Scully (except that ornery dude who says Scully “talks too much” – huh? Isn’t that what he’s paid to do?). Vinny is the most professional, knowledgeable, objective announcer out there, and that’s what has made him such a joy to listen to all these years. Thinking ahead, the Dodgers must replace the best with the best. The Dodgers do not need a former-player-turned-trainee in the broadcast booth; the Dodgers also don’t need a cheerleader disguised as an announcer who betrays their objectivity crying over calls that don’t go the their way (like those fellas in SD, Atlanta, Arizona, etc.). I have listened to many games over XM and find most home announcers unbearable, with one notable exception: Jon Miller. He’s one of the best play-by-play announcers and is a veritable encyclopedia of baseball knowledge. The Dodgers would do the organization well by stealing him from the Giants and perhaps ESPN, for whom he does Sunday night baseball. And Vinny, I believe, would approve.

DODGER RADIO IS FOR THE BIRDS IN MANY AREAS IN SO CALIFORNIA. THE KABC SIGNAL IS JUST POOR, POORLY LOCATED AND NOT POWERFUL ENOUGH. CHECK IT OUT. FEWER AND FEWER FOLKS ARE LISTENING AT HOME OR IN THE CAR; FLAG SHIP STATION ASSOCIATES ARE FEWER AND FARTHER BETWEEN……AH FOR THE OLD KFI DAYS.

I am truly sad to hear this news. Vin Scully is my favorite sports announcer and has played a major role in deciding what career I want. There are very few that can bring the golden era in baseball and bring it to the modern day. I watch many Dodger games just so I can hear his broadcast. Baseball will lose a true legend who no one in the modern era can touch and in my opinion the last great broadcaster.

IT’S NOT THAT VINNY TALKS TOO MUCH; IT’S THAT HE IS SO VERY MUCH BETTER WHEN HE TALKS FROM HIS HEAD AND HEART AND DOESN’T SPEND MOST OF HIS TIME TELLING US WHAT THE COMPUTER IS SPITTING OUT. LISTEN TO HIM NEXT TIME HE IS ON – AND SEE WHAT I MEAN.

JON MILLER IS GREAT.

IT’S NOT THAT VINNY TALKS TOO MUCH; IT’S THAT HE IS SO VERY MUCH BETTER WHEN HE TALKS FROM HIS HEAD AND HEART AND DOESN’T SPEND MOST OF HIS TIME TELLING US WHAT THE COMPUTER IS SPITTING OUT. LISTEN TO HIM NEXT TIME HE IS ON – AND SEE WHAT I MEAN.

JON MILLER IS GREAT.

IT’S NOT THAT VINNY TALKS TOO MUCH; IT’S THAT HE IS SO VERY MUCH BETTER WHEN HE TALKS FROM HIS HEAD AND HEART AND DOESN’T SPEND MOST OF HIS TIME TELLING US WHAT THE COMPUTER IS SPITTING OUT. LISTEN TO HIM NEXT TIME HE IS ON – AND SEE WHAT I MEAN.

JON MILLER IS GREAT.

I’m going off to college in the fall, when I realized I’d be leaving Vin Scully I started to cry.

At least now I have one more summer’s worth of games to listen to.

Vin Scully Field at Dodger Stadium?

I grew up in the 60’s in L.A. going to Dodger games and listening to Vin Scully everywhere. In 1991 I moved to Phoenix but was still able to listen to Vin until the Diamondbacks arrived in 1998. I remember him describing the last Dodger-Giant game of the 1992 season, when it looked like the Giants were moving to Tampa Bay and the great rivalry would be over. You would have thought it was the Dodgers that were moving. I missed him until this year when I finally got MLB TV but I would still point him out to my children when he was at Chase Field or we visited Dodger Stadium.
There are many more memories that would fill a book but one that really comes mind was on the last Friday of the 1980 season when the Dodgers were about to lose the pennant to the Astros. Vin cheerfully reminded us how lucky we were to have had such a competitive team through the years and that baseball was the “toy box of life.” Then the Dodgers came back and won that game and the next two, forcing the playoff game that they lost to the Astros. It was an exciting Dodger moment put in perspective wonderfully by Vin Scully. Nobody does it like that.

If you do not like Vin Scully, then Baseball is simply not for you.

Vinny gets paid to talk. You wouldn’t take the brush out of a painter’s hand and expect a better picture, would you? But the most wonderful thing about Vinny is…he knows when not to talk. He displayed that talent once again just recently when Manny hit the pinch grand slam. A master presenter of “the moment.” I will miss Vin Scully, and consider myself honored to have been able to enjoy Dodger baseball with him in five different decades. What a run! Thanks Vinny.

Sure Vinny talks, it’s what he gets paid to do. But what makes Vin Scully special is he knows when not to talk. He displayed this talent again just recently on Manny’s pinch grand slam. I will miss Mr. Scully and consider it an honor to have shared Dodger baseball with him in five different decades. What a run! Thanks Vinny.

Mr. Scully, as a 10 year old in 1958 I was playing with my radio when heard you for the first time. Since that moment I’ve been proud to say I’ve been a Dodger fan. I don’t know how to thank you for 51 years of pure joy listining to the greatest voice in radio. I can still hear your call of Fernando’s no hitter when you said, “If you have a sombero throw it to the sky”. You my dear man will be missed. Today is a very sad day for me, as well as all Dodger fans. We owe you so very much…THANK YOU, THANK YOU

I have a brother-in-law who despises baseball, but when summer comes along he puts on a dodgers game just to hear Vince Scullys voice, he says that his voice sounds like summer…
I agree! Thank you Vinny

I like Vin Scully, but am glad to see he is retiring. He talks too much, makes lots of mistakes, and tells the same stories over and over.

Thanks for all your service to the Dodgers, enjoy your retirement !

Vin Scully–he IS the last of the great ones of a golden era. Vin has EARNED his place at Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Objective, entertaining, and he calls the game like it should be called. On a Padres-Dodgers matchup, I want to hear that GOLDEN voice of Scully’s, from the first pitch to the last out. Why? I can’t stand San Diego’s Ted Leitner, who will NEVER, EVER get the Ford C Fricke Award unless he stops opinionating! Vin, you are classic and timeless. Your voice is solid gold. I can live with your decision to retire–you have very capable partners in Rick Monday and Charlie Steiner. I remember the day when Don Drysdale died suddenly during a road trip as a member of the Dodgers broadcast team. Harry Kalas (RIP, great one as well) left many Phillies fans in tears earlier this season. Vin would not want to leave us suddenly. (God forbid!) If it did, it would be a SAD day in America. Vin will be back. World Series, All-Star Game (Anaheim ’10, can’t wait!) maybe future Olympic baseball, CD’s, books, and I’m sure he has a lifetime of season ticket seats at Chavez Ravine. You are the best, Vin. May you get the longest standing O at Dodger stadium since Campanella!

At the age of 8, I stepped into Dodger Stadium for the first time…by the end of the game, I felt in love. My friend’s father had a transistor radio and I heard Vinny’s voice for the first time that night. For the + 25 years, I listened to Vinny along with Jerry Doggett, Don Drysdale, Ross Porter & Rick Monday. They taught me baseball and the Dodger way. I became a Dodger fan for life. What will the summers and Dodger baseball be like without Vinny’s voice….

VIN SCULLY IS TRULY THE BEST BROADCASTER IN BASEBALL AND HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. EVERY STORY HE SHARES DURING A GAME AND EVERY MEMORY HE HAS FROM PERSONALLY BEING THERE FOR MANY OF BASEBALL’S GREATEST MOMENTS ARE PRICELESS. PEOPLE MAY COMPLAIN THAT HE TALKS TOO MUCH BUT HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT, HE DOESN’T JUST RAMBLE ON LIKE OTHER BROADCASTERS (example NFL’s Madden, thank God he retired!) IF YOU LOVE THE GAME OF BASEBALL, THEN YOU CAN APPRECIATE EVERY COMMENT AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MARK.SHELTON ABOVE, IF YOU DON’T LIKE VIN SCULLY THEN BASEBALL IS DEFINITELY NOT YOUR SPORT!

Since I was a very young child the Dodgers have been a part of my family. Even though our entire family loved the Dodger organization there was no greater fan than my Mother. She loved the Dodgers with all her heart but to her it was not a Dodger game unless Vin Sculley was calling the game. When we went to Dodger Stadium to see the game live she always took her radio so she could hear Vinny. If she was at home watching on television and another announcer was calling the game she would mute the t.v. and listen to Vinny on the radio. Although I always enjoyed being a part of the Dodger family I was never the fan my Mother was until she passed away 2 years ago. After her death my husband and I moved from Southern California to Utah and the first thing we did was order MLB Extra Innings. I now watch every Dodger game and when the game is coming on I hear my husband coming down the hall asking is Vinny calling the game tonight and when we hear his voice saying “It’s time for Dodger baseball” that makes our day. We both grew up with Vinny, admire him for his professionalism, fairness, interesting commentary and love of the game. Even though I knew this day was coming it is so hard to accept. There will never be another like Vin Sculley and I thank his family with all my heart for sharing him with us for all these years. Wishing you many many happy years of retirement!

Vinny’s been there literally all my life. If my career lasts half as long I’d be happy. Vinny is a consummate professional and has the best voice in the business.

I have been a Brooklyn/LA Dodger fan for 50some years. Vin’s is not only the voice I know, he is the very best I’ve known. My home is in Virginia. I start each morning logging on the mlb.com. When I hear Vin’s voice, I know my day is going to be alright. There is a warmth there that is unmatched. His ability to admire every baseball play ( theirs or ours ), his relaying interesting info on everybody playing, his recall of baseball games & plays through the years, make his broadcast head and shoulders over all others. He can paint a picture of the game, and he can let the pictures tell the story. The day he retires, there will be a hole in my heart.

I will never forget when as a child I was listening to a ball game being called by Vin. He said something to the effect that it is a curious thing here at Dodger Stadium, but I have been watching this couple in the stands. They must be newlyweds. It seems that he kisses her on the strikes and she kisses him on the balls. Vin liked to die of embarrassment being the genuine gentleman he is. What a classic moment. These moments will continue to live in our memories. Thanks Vin.

I just read that Mr.Scully will be retiring soon.like all Dodger fans,I am saddened by this news.we all knew this day would come,we just didn’t want to think about it.I was born in 1957,in the L.A. area and I have heard your voice all my life.to me,you are the Dodgers.sometimes just hearing your voice was more important than what was happening on the field.you have been the soundtrack of my life and with your help,I have recruited and converted many Dodger fans over the years.thank you for a lifetime of memories Mr.Scully.God Bless you.I wish you along and happy retirement.

“2 and 2 to Harvey Keane…1 strike away…and Sandy into his windup, here’s the pitch…SWUNG ON AND MISSED A PERFECT GAME!!!!”

Moments like these resonate in my mind and I am already struggling to cope with the thought of the Dodgers without Vin Scully. The first year I followed the Dodgers (I was 7) was the ’88 season and of course I will never forget his call of Gibson’s HR…my dad jumping up and down in the air like a monkey. I am getting choked up just thinking about it.

Vinny, thank you we love you and will miss you when that day comes.

Trade the farm and win for Vin!

It will be hard to listen to Dodger baseball without Vinny. I have been listening to him all my life and it saddens me to hear that Vin will be retiring after 2010 season. Tommy may bleed Dodger Blue but Vin is the Voice of Dodger Blue and that will never change. Thank you Vin for all the great years. I hope Frank and Jamie McCourt present you with a life-size Statue of you right in front of Dodger Statium not because you’re retiring but because YOU are the VOICE of the Dodgers and your dedication is above and beyond your years. Hope your retirement is equally rewarding as your voice is to the Dodgers.

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