Memories of Vin Scully: The One Beloved Dodger for a Giants Household – San Francisco Chronicle | Start Classified

Broadcaster Vin Scully left an indelible mark on fans of the game of baseball — including Sporting Green employees. Here is a collection of Chronicle writers’ reminiscences of Scully, who died Tuesday night at the age of 94.

Bruce Jenkins, columnist: A child can drift away when valuable genes take the bypass. The son of two very accomplished musicians, I started playing the piano and realized I was just good enough to be miserable. So imagine my happiness when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. I was 9 and my life was taking shape.

More than the team and my father’s love of baseball, Vin Scully put me on a path that I’m still on. His words were lyrical; You could print them out as works of literature. He was a teacher who conveyed the nuance and subtlety of the game while showing deep respect for the opponent. Through the wonder of his impartiality, we Southern California kids learned a lot about Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, and the Cincinnati Reds’ double-play combo. We realized that there are lessons to be learned from defeats, that the other team deserves your attention. One summer I had mononucleosis, had to be confined indoors for a few months, and during that time we lured my mom onto Vinny’s shows. She knew nothing about the game – and became a passionate fan. He’s just the best ever and because of him I’m a sportswriter.

Ann Killion, columnist: I grew up in a Giants household. The voices on Dad’s transistor radio were Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, and later Hank Greenwald. We didn’t like the Dodgers in my house. But there was one exception to this rule: Vin Scully.

Vin overcame any animosity toward the team he was associated with for life. he was so good This pro. He did other sports, national games. Everyone I knew could get an idea of ​​Vin. He was bigger than a Dodgers rivalry, bigger than a team.

When I was a young reporter, I walked through a door in the Candlestick Park press box and bumped straight into Vin. I could smell him before I bumped into him: fresh linen shirt, lemony aftershave. It smelled like it was broadcasting: pleasant, professional and perfectly handled. I was too shy at the time to introduce myself. Can you just imagine a larger than life legend? To a sports icon? He apologized even though I had met him. Of course he did. He was such a lovely man.

RIP, legend.

FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks during his induction into the team’s ring of honor before a baseball game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles May 3, 2017 in Los Angeles. Scully, whose mellow tones provided the summer’s soundtrack as she entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night, August 2, 2022, the team announced. He was 94. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

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Ron Kroichick, Staff Writer: Vin Scully’s distinctive voice, masterful use of language, and rhythm in storytelling were perfect for baseball. Likewise his striking lack of ego.

Just listen to Scully calling out Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, Kirk Gibson’s World Series homer ahead of Dennis Eckersley and The Catch. Scully offered succinct, vivid descriptions and then gracefully stopped.

He knew he wasn’t the story.

By sheer luck, I once had dinner with Scully in the press box at Dodger Stadium before a game. It’s been a long time and I don’t remember exactly what we talked about.

But I remember he was kind, upbeat, and not the least bit impressed with himself. The consummate gentleman. what a darling

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully waves with his wife Sandra Hunt to fans after the team's 10th inning win against the Colorado Rockies September 25, 2016 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully waves with his wife Sandra Hunt to fans after the team’s 10th inning win against the Colorado Rockies September 25, 2016 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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Steve Kroner, Staff Writer: Vin Scully was even more gracious, smooth and friendly than I expected.

For most of 1998 – from the time I left my job in the sports department of KPIX (Channel 5) in late January until I got my job in the sports department of The Chronicle in mid-November – I was freelance, mostly in television and radio. One of those jobs was providing Scully with statistics for the September 20 televised game of the Dodgers vs. the Giants at Candlestick Park.

That was the year of the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home race. I distinctly remember being impressed by Scully’s ability to handle the play-by-play of the Dodgers-Giants game (LA won 1-0) while seamlessly updating his audience on what McGwire and Sosa were doing. Scully shifted his attention from the field to a monitor in the dressing room, which alternately showed the Cardinals and Cubs games (McGwire finished 65th that day and Sosa went 0-5). I knew it wasn’t easy by any means, but Scully made it look like it.

I wish I had concrete memories of what Scully said to me that Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately not, but I remember thinking how cool it was to just spend about three hours in the booth with a handyman who treated those around him with respect and warmth.

The experience with Scully was one for which I have been grateful for almost a quarter of a century – and will be for the rest of my life.

FILE - Vin Scully works in his booth at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2010 in Los Angeles.  Scully, whose mellow tones provided the summer's soundtrack as he entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night.  August 2, 2022, the team said.  He was 94. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

FILE – Vin Scully works in his booth at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2010 in Los Angeles. Scully, whose mellow tones provided the summer’s soundtrack as he entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night. August 2, 2022, the team said. He was 94. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

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Scott Ostler, columnist: Vin Scully and I were best friends, we spent a lot of time together in my bedroom when I was a kid. Like he did as a kid, I listened to sports on the radio. For young Vinny, it was college football. For me it was the Dodgers.

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