The Golden Voice

“He is a just a kid, but he is going to be the great broadcaster,” I remember that is what  Red said about him in 1958.

You were right, Red: The Greatest Sportscaster ever.

Ok, I am biased.  I am from Southern California born in 1950.  It was a slower time, a simpler time for us kids.

He has been a Sportscaster ALL MY LIFETIME, he has been my favorite Sportscaster ALL MY LIFE ever since I became aware of the outside world of sports.  But EVERYBODY agrees with me.  (They better).

“It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”

In 1958 and onward that Golden Voice was heard by us in Southern California.  Koufax, Wills, The Duke…  Sutton, Garvey, Fernando, Hershiser…

There were few constants in the world.

play-by-play-announcer-vin-scully

Vincent EdwardVinScully, Provider Guardian, (born November 29, 1927) is a former American sportscaster, best known as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball(MLB). He was with the team since its days in Brooklyn. His 67 seasons with the Dodgers (1950–2016) are the longest time any broadcaster has been with a single team in professional sports history.  [Wikipedia, revised]

There’s Mickey, Willy, and the Duke… in the mists of the 50s.

Friendships matter a great deal to Providers, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries. In addition, Providers show a delightful fascination with news of their friends and neighbors. If we wish to know what’s been going on in the local community, school, or church, they’re happy to fill us in on all the details. [Please Understand Me II]

Red Barber mentored Vin Scully and told him that if he wanted to be a successful sports announcer he should never be a “homer” (openly showing a rooting interest for the team that employs you), never listen to other announcers, and keep his opinions to himself.

In 1950, Scully joined Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers radio and television booths. When Barber got into a salary dispute with World Series sponsor Gillette in 1953, Scully took Barber’s spot for the 1953 World Series. At the age of 25, Scully became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game (a record that stands to this day). Barber left the Dodgers after the 1953 season to work for the New York Yankees. Scully eventually became the Dodgers’ principal announcer. Scully announced Dodgers games in Brooklyn until 1957, after which the club moved to Los Angeles.

Other Provider Guardians: President Gerald FordGeorge MitchellDon KeoughHuell HouserRoger EbertPat SummerallStuds Terkel, Manci Dirac, Denis Mukwege,Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Tim Tebow, and President William Howard Taft

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