Vin Scully: The Consummate Storyteller
Vin Scully departs from baseball as the renowned announcer for the LA Dodgers baseball team. I will forever remember Vin Scully’s voice as he called the Dodger home games (and selected road games). He is known for a sweet and soothing voice, lyrically descriptive style, and his own signature introduction to Dodger games: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”
As I think of all the sports announcers that have come and gone, Vin Scully has certainly left his mark in baseball history like no other announcer before him, in a career that has spanned over 67 years. It is hard to imagine what a Dodger game will be like without hearing his voice.
When the 22 year old Vin Scully first stepped into the Dodger broadcast booth with legendary announcer Red Barber, Winston Churchill hadn’t started his second term as prime minister of Great Britain. Connie Mack, a man that was born while Abraham Lincoln was president, was the manager of the league. And the Dodgers still played baseball at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn!
Baseball and My Baseball Cap Collection
It wasn’t too long ago that I looked at all the Dodger baseball caps I had collected over my many, many years of being a loyal fan. Most had plenty of wear, tear and stains that brought back memories of games I had gone to.
But the reason I wore those baseball caps was much more personal and went considerably deeper, emotionally speaking, than just being a Dodgers fan. The problem for me was that when I was about 20 years old, my hair started falling out, just like my father, just like my grandfather. Here I was, not even 21 yet, and I was starting to look like an old man. You can’t believe the deep personal embarrassment I felt. It was unbelievable. So just to get through the day, every day, I started wearing baseball caps. Everywhere. At work, it wasn’t too difficult, since I worked in construction at the time. But going on dates was a little more challenging and took an unbelievable amount of imagination and, in retrospect, guts. But I would literally do anything to keep from letting people see (what was left of) my hair.
Then about five years ago, things changed for me. In a big way! I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but I had been getting more and more depressed about my thinning hair and I was online looking for something to help me keep the rest of my hair that hadn’t fallen out yet, and maybe even grow back some of the peach fuzz that was left.
What happened was that I stumbled upon an ad for Dermatex Hair Replacement in San Diego. They said they offered a free, no-obligation consultation, so I decided to take a chance and see if they could do anything. Honestly, I didn’t give it much hope. I had spent hundreds of dollars up to that point trying to do something about my hair, and it was money that went down the drain faster than my hair in the morning.
Long story short, I will forever be grateful to Tuck Liskay and his staff for what they have done for me. Thank you, Tuck, for giving me my life back!
So I don’t wear my trusty baseball caps much anymore, unless I’m going to a Dodger’s game, of course. And I can honestly say I don’t mind looking at myself in the mirror anymore. Which is a feeling I can’t describe in words
A Legend Departs
So September 25th was Vin’s last regular season game broadcast from Dodger’s Stadium, and I was there. I was able to witness first hand a lovely farewell given by the legendary gentleman himself as he addressed the crowd with the pride and humble demeanor that we have all come to know and love as he graciously thanked all us fans for being there for the team and for him.
The October 2nd game from San Franscisco’s AT&T Park was his final game broadcast. I am so glad to have the memories of this man who made Dodger’s baseball come alive. Thanks, Vin. Thanks for the memories! And here’s a tip of my last trusty baseball cap in your honor.