July 12, 2012 |
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.
May 31, 2012 |
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.
May 14, 2013 |
My young colleague, Ben Welsh, who hails from Swisher, Iowa, by way of Columbia, Mo., and Washington, D.C., quickly caught on to what we native Angelenos know subliminally. Los Angeles has its own distinctive voice. It's not the plaintive howl of coyotes in the hills, the frightening screams of the Santa Ana winds or the somnolent lap of surf. Our city's voice, as Ben observed, is a singular human one: Vin Scully's. Its timbre is like no other. Hear a single syllable and, as surely as Billie Holiday is Billie Holiday, Winston Churchill is Winston Churchill and Billy Mays is Billy Mays, you know it's Vin. I think Scully could have been mayor if he'd wanted.
April 13, 2012 |
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.
April 12, 2012 |
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)
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.