The 88-year-old Scully has said he has chosen this to be his final game, instead of continuing to call Dodger games into the postseason because it comes 80 years to the day when he saw a sign at a laundry in his native New York City reporting the score of Game 2 of the World Series that day — New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4, that prompted him to become a baseball fan.
“It seems like the plan was laid out for me, and all I had to do was follow the instructions,” Scully said in a Dodger Stadium news conference Sept. 24.
The broadcast will be simulcast in its entirety on Spectrum SportsNetLA, KTLA-TV Channel 5 and KLAC-AM (570). The first three innings of Scully’s broadcasts are customarily simulcast by Spectrum SportsNetLA and KLAC, with the rest of his call heard only on television.
“We wanted to make sure that all of Vin’s fans are able to share in his final Dodger broadcast of an incredible 67-year Hall of Fame career,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers executive vice president & chief marketing officer.
The Giants have a tribute planned for Scully. His call of the third inning will be simulcast on the Giants’ television and radio outlets, CSN Bay Area and KNBR-AM (680).
Scully broadcast his final game at Dodger Stadium last Sunday, addressed the crowd for about 90 seconds after the Dodgers 4-3 victory 10-inning over the Colorado Rockies that assured them of their fourth consecutive National League West Division championship, followed by the playing of a recording of his singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Scully said he asked for the recording to be played in part because the fans are the wind beneath his wings.
Scully said Monday “maybe the first thing I’ll do is take my watch off and put it in the drawer and just think ‘I can do anything I want,’ which probably will be have a nice breakfast, read the papers, maybe take a walk and get a good book and read that book.”
Scully said that in retirement he’ll most miss “the people who have just made me feel so much at home.”
Scully’s 67 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 broadcaster since 1954.
Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record- setting 715th home run.
Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.
A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.
Scully said he would like to be remembered as “a good, honest man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather. I’m not even thinking about sports announcing.”
— City News Service