Most sports broadcasters would agree that baseball provides its announcers the brightest spotlight. That’s particularly true on radio, where the play-by-play guy has lots of time between pitches to fill with anecdotes, statistics, and insight. There have been lots of great baseball broadcasters — Ernie Harwell, Phil Rizzuto, Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Jon Miller — but no one has ever brought the game to life more vividly than Vin Scully.
Of course, when you think of Scully, you think of the Dodgers. He broadcast their games for an incredible 61 years, from 1950 to the present. He had an early career highlight when, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person ever to broadcast the World Series (a record that still stands).
As great as he is at baseball, Scully has brought his dulcet tones to other sports as well. During a tenure at CBS Sports he did NFL games, and anchored the network’s tennis and golf coverage. And he’s also done network baseball for both CBS and NBC.
He’s made some memorable calls: Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and Bill Buckner’s muffed ground ball. He also called “The Catch,” Dwight Clark’s touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 1982 NFC Championship game.
Scully has been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, received a Life Achievement Emmy Award, and is in the Radio Hall of Fame. His sweetest recognition may be that which has come from his peers. The American Sportscasters Association named him Broadcaster of the Century in 2000, and honored him as top sportscaster of all-time on its Top 50 list in 2009…