Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Award Winning VIN-tage

When covering sports, several terms and words are used to express the play or performance of the athletes...that truly...aren't accurate.

"It was a heroic play by Flutie..." - not really. Heroic is running into a burning building and saving a child.

"Howard gave everything he had to catch that ball..." - giving everything one has, is what those in the military do.

"It was a selfless act for Crosby to pass that puck to Malkin for the goal..." - is it REALLY selfless when you're pulling in $10 million per season?

"Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is a living legend..." - in this case, the statement is 100% accurate.

Back in 1950 (1950!!) Vin Scully started his broadcasting career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sixty years later...he's STILL the voice of the (Los Angeles) Dodgers...the longest tenure of one broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history.

Recently, Scully announced that next season would likely be his last...and the broadcasting world will lose it's crowning jewel (he'll be 82 so I GUESS he's entitled to retire!)

He works all 162 Dodgers games. He calls the games almost flawlessly. He does every game WITHOUT a colour commentator. He is a master of the English language. He is truly, a living legend.

Scully has called some of the most memorable moments in MLB history including Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game, Hank Aaron's 715th career home run, and the 1986 World Series (sorry Red Sox fans).

He also called the 1988 World Series...which featured one of the most memorable and dramatic home runs in MLB history:

Click here for a short piece on Kirk Gibson's home run, featuring Vin Scully's scintillating call of the dinger (at 3:52 of the piece).

So next time you're diamond surfing and can catch an LA Dodgers game, take a little time to listen to Vin Scully and the magic he brings to baseball...before it's too late.


1 comment:

  1. I would still tell anybody interested in sports broadcasting to listen to Vin Scully. He is without peer, a true living legend for sure. When I see a Dodgers home game on TV,I'll watch cuz I know Vin is doing the game. Two classic Vin calls: 1988, Gibson's game one homer ("She issss....GONE!!!"), and, as much as it pains me to say, 1986 Series, Game 6.. (A roller up to Buckner behind the BAAAAGGGGG!!! Here comes Knight...And the Mets win!!:) Still brings tears to my eyes!! Great blog Brockster!!