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July 12, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Until now, I have never written a column about which readers have called and emailed with their unanimous and uncritical approval. My "Patt Morrison Asks" column about Vin Scully was a first. Now, it wasn't me they approved of; it was Vincent Edward Scully, the voice of Dodger baseball. Scully has been calling Dodger games longer than Queen Victoria was on the throne, and like the queen's subjects, most Dodger fans have never known a Dodger season without Scully calling its plays.
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SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
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NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Vin Scully has been a Dodgers broadcaster since 1950, when the team was in Brooklyn. The current players have grown up listening to his unique voice and many even recall the first time  they heard the broadcasting legend say their name. In the video above, the players talk to The Times about what Scully means to the team - and America. Said Andre Ethier: "Just to hear him talk in person gives you chills every once in a while. " Said Adam Kennedy: "Vin Scully to me is not just California baseball, but baseball in general.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Does it seem real enough to you now? The Dodgers begin their first genuine road trip of the season Friday night, opening a three-game series in Arizona -- everybody into the pool! -- and then head to San Francisco for three. About 70% of Los Angeles will see nothing on television. Not the return to the scene of the crime in Phoenix. Not against their rivals by the Bay. The pricey squabble between Time Warner Cable and the rest of the providers marches on, or doesn't, with no end in sight.
SPORTS
October 16, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
It is hard to pick one trait that distinguishes Vin Scully from ordinary broadcasters, but we'll go with this one: He knows when to shut up. Scully, working on radio during the playoffs, was at the microphone in the seventh inning of Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League championship series. With one out and the St. Louis Cardinals leading, 4-2, the Dodgers' Nick Punto doubled. The Dodgers had the potential tying run at bat, and Dodger Stadium was rocking. Punto was picked off. This is what Scully said: "Listen to the crowd now. " Dead silence, for a few uncomfortably long moments.
SPORTS
April 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Vin Scully Watch continues … The day-to-day on the Dodgers' beloved broadcaster is expected to roll on for at least one more day as he recovers from a severe cold. Scully missed his fourth consecutive game Friday, and, unless the chilly weather improves dramatically, is also expected to miss Saturday night's game. Scully reportedly is feeling better and might return Sunday to broadcast the Dodgers' final game of the homestand against the Padres. The Dodgers then leave on six-game trip he was not scheduled to join.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't call the Dodgers' series opener against the San Diego Padres on Friday night, marking the fourth consecutive game he'll miss because of a cold. But the 84-year-old Scully's condition is improving and he could return to the booth as early as this weekend, according to a team spokesman. In Scully's absence, Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons will continue to call the games on Prime Ticket. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy will work the radio broadcasts on AM 570. RELATED: Why I owe Vin Scully cookies (and you owe me)
OPINION
July 14, 2012
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Vin Scully, pitch perfect," Opinion, July 11 Reading the interview with Dodgers announcer Vin Scully brought back memories of my single-parent upbringing in L.A. My mother did her best to get a male influence into my life - Boy Scouts, summer camp and more. When the Dodgers came to town, I had no idea what a professional baseball team was. I started listening to the golden voice of Vin Scully on the radio. His smooth delivery and the way he did not take for granted that you knew what he was talking about were not only entertaining but instructional.
SPORTS
April 14, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Vin Scully will call his first home game of the season Sunday, the Dodgers announced on Saturday. The 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster missed the Dodgers' first six home games, including Saturday's, because of a severe cold. He didn't call the season opener for only the second time in his 63 years with the club. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Sunday in their series finale against the San Diego Padres. Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons will call Saturday's game for Prime Ticket's telecast.
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Here's a great video of Vin Scully - like there's any other kind - showing him on the parade route as the grand marshal of Wednesday's Rose Parade in Pasadena. The video, provided by the Dodgers, has Scully being interviewed, his voice-over providing the insight to his big day. “In all honesty I never dreamt of becoming the grand marshal of the Rose Parade,” Scully said. “I did dream of being a sport announcer, and that worked out.” Scully described his big day as “exhilarating” and “incredible.” He said the day was made even more special by having his wife, Sandy, sit next to him as the car went down the route, followed by a pair of cars filled with his grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
Vin Scully was calling the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium when the 5.1 earthquake Friday night made some news. The quake occurred during the 6th inning. "A little tremor in the ball park," Scully said. "I am not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here. " "A tremor and only that thank goodness," he added. The baseball game went on without incident. Scully later recounted the massive 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the Bay Area, which occurred just before a game of the World Series.
OPINION
March 22, 2014
This, we Dodger fans have been told, is our year. And for a while, most of us won't get to see it. Opening Day tends to stir the optimist in the most despondent fan, but much of the Dodgers faithful are missing out today: The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable still haven't come to terms with other pay-TV providers on carrying the cable channel that will broadcast the team's regular-season games. For cord-cutters, there's no hope at all: Free, over-the-air broadcasts are out too. Taken together with higher ticket prices, the prospect of being shut out from the most promising season in decades hasn't sat well with readers.
HOME & GARDEN
March 15, 2014 | Larry Sleep, Sleep is president of Lawrence Group, a Santa Barbara-based company
I went to UC Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship after transferring from Cerritos College. I was a speech major and had a radio show on college station KCSB called "Sleep's Sports Shorts. " I wanted to play pro ball or replace Vin Scully when he retired. (Take all the time you need, Vinny.) Professional baseball scouts' criteria for judging prospects are run, throw, field, hit and hit for power. If there were such a thing for finding the perfect partner in life, my list as a college student would have included great chemistry, ethics, values, intelligence, a sense of humor and love of sports.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Poor Andre Ethier, we knew him well. Hope he enjoys his next stop in Houston, or Siberia, or Guantanamo Bay, or wherever he's headed. If you're a Dodger, there are just certain things in life you never do. You don't take the last plate of pasta away from Tommy Lasorda, you don't criticize Vin Scully and you never, ever do any harm to Sandy Koufax. Alas, Ethier is now guilty of the third, and it's too bad, because I always kinda liked him, whichever Ethier he was that day. But Friday during batting practice at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, Ethier had the misfortune of sending a line drive off the head of Koufax . Amazingly, no blue bolt crackled from the heavens to strike Ethier down.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Countdown to Vin Scully: three weeks. The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday what Scully told The Times' Steve Dilbeck last week: The Hall of Fame announcer will travel to Arizona to call the first broadcast on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA channel. The channel launches Feb. 25. The Dodgers' first Cactus League game is Feb. 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at noon PST. "It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” Scully said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena, officials announced Thursday. Appearing in front of the Tournament of Roses House, Scully -- who recently announced plans to call games for the Dodgers for a record 65 th season -- said he was honored to be chosen. “All my life I've been enamored with the roar of the crowd,” he said. Scully, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame broacasters' wing in 1982, will be leading the 125 th Rose Parade through Pasadena on Jan. 1 in front of a worldwide audience of millions.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Readers are talking a lot about a man who talks for a living: Vin Scully. Times data editor Doug Smith's Op-Ed article Tuesday musing on "the voice of L.A. " closed with a question: "As far as I'm concerned, the voice of L.A. should be heard every day in some public place. So tell me, where would you want to hear Vin Scully?"  More than 60 suggestions were sent to letters@latimes.com and to Smith directly. Perhaps as a reflection of mobile technology's imbededness in our lives, many of the suggestions relate to cellphones.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Vin Scully really does enjoy his down time. He's a regular guy that way, it's just that his schedule is typically demanding even in the off-season, though maybe never more than this one. In the last 30 days, he was honored as  grand marshal of the Rose Parade , announced it was “time for NHL hockey” before to the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium, presented Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin with a lifetime achievement ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ed Hookstratten, a lawyer and agent whose powerful roster of clients made him a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of sports, entertainment and journalism, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 83. Known as a kingmaker, Hookstratten had a client list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson, Tom Brokaw, Marcus Allen, Pat Riley and Vin Scully. He was also general counsel of the Los Angeles Rams, holding tremendous sway over the franchise for several years as well as several other National Football League teams because he represented many top head coaches, including George Allen.
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