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Vin Scully: Celebrating the late broadcaster’s greatest calls and stories

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1. Vin Scully was all about words, but there really are no words to sum up his position as a Major League Baseball broadcaster.

Everyone knows Scully is the GOAT when it comes to baseball play-by-play announcers. The voice, the rhythm, the style, the details, the sweetness. No one has done it better.

You will hear and read about all the achievements today: matches broadcast for 67 years, 18 draws, three perfect matches and a host of memorable moments.

What may be even more impressive than being the greatest baseball voice of all time is how much Scully was loved by the masses. He’s rightfully the only sports personality I’ve never seen anyone say a negative word to on Twitter.

In fact, the only review I can think of about Scully is actually positive. We wanted more from Scully, but he declined for selfless reasons.

In the ninth inning of Scully’s last game on October 2, 2016, he said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Everyone associated with baseball wanted more to happen when it came to Scully.

He officially turned down an offer from Fox Sports to be part of its MLB All-Star Game coverage in 2016, saying, “I don’t want to just wave. I don’t feel good doing this.”

In 2018, with the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, Fox and then play-by-play man Joe Buck wanted Scully to join the stand.

Again, Scully declined the offer.

“It’s not false modesty,” Scully said. “I just think I don’t belong there. These guys have been broadcasting all year. I don’t want to be in the spotlight in any way. I think they’re doing a job tremendous.”

And that’s all you need now on the legendary Vin Scully.

2. One of my Sports Illustrated Career highlight was interviewing Scully on my old “Hot Clicks Podcast” in 2012. Sadly the podcast no longer exists anywhere, but here’s a recap of Scully telling me he once considered taking a job with the New York Yankees.

3. The way this call goes from “small roll first” to “FOOD WIN!” is perfection.

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4. Scully’s biggest call is either the Mookie Wilson clip above or Kirk Gibson’s stunning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. You can’t go wrong with either one you choose as the best.

5. What some people often forget is that Scully also got the call for Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1981 NFC Championship game known simply as “The Catch.”

6. This 2013 Padres-Dodgers brawl was made even better by Vin Scully calling out every detail.

seven. Scully didn’t just call the action on the field. He noticed everything that was happening in the stadium. He even once directly made the game by game of a Hot Foot.

8. Scully tried to translate the tirade that then-Rockies manager Jim Tracy unleashed on the referees during a 2012 game when he told us that Tracy talked a lot about “beep fertilizer.”

9. If you’ve ever wanted to know the history of beards — not beards in baseball, but beards in general — Scully was here to teach you a lesson.

ten. Once, Scully had fun with Twitter during a game and was blown away that he was able to put something on trend.

11. Tom Verducci’s All-New Story About Vin Scully’s Life Is A Must-Try.

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