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Vin Scully's Love Affair with Baseball and the Dodgers

George Severson

Vin Scully's Love Affair with Baseball and the Dodgers

CREATED Feb. 15, 2012

Reported by Gino LaMont, KMIR6 News

PALM DESERT - Legendary baseball announcer and the voice of the LA Dodgers, Vin Scully, made a rare appearance in the Coachella Valley recently. KMIR6's Gino LaMont sat down with the hall of famer and talked about, what else, baseball.

Scully has been the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for a remarkable 62 years. He is the last in a generation of sports announcers as famous as the games and the players they cover, names like Red Barber, Mel Allen and Jack Buck. Scully has seen and called some of baseballs most memorable moments like Hank Aaron's 715th homer, Kirk Gibson's World Series homerun in 1988.

But as Scully readies himself for his 63rd season of Dodger baseball things will be different this year for the Dodger legend, with new owners expected to take over the team soon.

It isn't just the average baseball fan that is enamored with Vin Scully. The Dodger greats themselves are amazed by the legendary TV and radio man. Steve Garvey tells KMIR6 he fondly recalls a moment when Scully commented about a whether a young Garvey would ever amount to anything in the game. 

Over the past few seasons, Scully has cut back on his schedule with the Dodgers. He's not traveling with the team except on the west coast. He still calls the games on radio and television, all 9 innings and all by himself and always with those great stories of baseball years gone by, stories only Vin Scully can tell.

As this sports icon enters his 63rd year as the voice of the Dodgers, he says he'll know when it is time to quit, but for now Scully says it's time to keep playing ball.