05/05/2002 10:00 pm ET
Sarah Morris talks about her favorite broadcaster
By Sarah Morris / Dodgers.Com
When I am asked who my favorite Dodger is, I automatically say some player,
but I should name Vin Scully.
I learned so much from Scully while I was growing up. He has taught me about
baseball and life. Being a super role model, Scully has shown me how to handle
what life brings me with class. He has always handled his job in a professional
manner, which I try to duplicate.
While Scully educated me, he made it entertaining. He rarely repeats himself, so
I must listen closely. This helped me to excel in college. Whereas most students
are used to having the high school teachers repeat themselves three times, I was
used to remembering what Scully said only once. Thus, I was prepared when
college professors never repeated themselves.
Though most teachers would not view Scully as an educator, I do.
When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, most citizens of
Southern California had not had an opportunity to listen or watch in person a
Major League game. Though television had a game of the week and the World Series
was shown, television was still new, and not everyone had a set at home.
Scully had to educate the population of Los Angeles about baseball.
While teaching, Scully had to make the game interesting and entertaining. He
never seems to be talking down to his audience. That helps our enjoyment of the
games. He has a unique talent to make the explanations so simple that a child
can understand them while keeping the most ardent baseball fan interested. I
don't believe my grandparents had much knowledge of baseball when the Dodgers
moved to Los Angeles, but until the time they died, they never missed a Dodger
game if they could help it. To me, the popularity of the Dodgers in Los Angeles
is directly connected with Vin Scully's skill.
Though Scully has been broadcasting Dodger games for fifty-three years, he does
not seem bored with a game. When the Dodgers are involved in a blow out, he does
not harp on how poor the play was on a certain team. He entertains his audience
with anecdotes about baseball, history, literature, or American culture.
Scully dislikes working with a partner because he wants to talk directly to his
audience. I am glad. When I must listen to a broadcasting team, I feel like I am
eavesdropping on a private conversation. I dislike the jokes that are exchanged
between the partners. I often find the game hard to follow and boring while the
broadcasting team discusses something irrelevant to the game.
Scully is a valuable link between the cities that the Dodgers have called home.
Scully is and has a real gift to relate the two organizations together. I would
not know that Jackie Robinson performed better when angry if I had not listened
to Scully. I learned that Duke Snider, who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, had
a bad knowledge of the strike zone when he was a young player. Without Scully,
I, along with many Los Angeles Dodger fans, would not have much knowledge of the
I cannot believe how many historic baseball moments Scully has broadcasted. In
1951 as a young broadcaster, Scully witnessed "the shot heard around the world"
(Bobby Thomson's dramatic home run that knocked the Dodgers out of the World
Series). He broadcasted the first and only World Championship in Brooklyn in
1955. As a Los Angeles Dodger broadcaster, Scully has announced world
championships in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, and 1988.
Scully has broadcasted no-hitters galore and two perfect games. He was lucky
enough to see all four of Sandy Koufax's no-hitters, including his perfect game
against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965. He broadcasted Dennis Martinez's
perfect game against the Dodgers in 1991.
During both Don Drysdale's and Orel Hershiser's scoreless innings streaks,
Scully was in the booth describing the action. He helped to create Fernandomania
Vin Scully's eloquence and command of the English language is just amazing. I
was shocked when I found out Scully does not know what he has said during a
game. I spend all week thinking about what I am going to write and how I should
phrase it, and I don't have the eloquence or the clever phrasing that Scully
has. Last Tuesday Scully described a player as a "slick article" introducing us
to a phrase from his youth.
This eloquence and Scully's intelligence has earned him national recognition. In
1982 Scully was elected to the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When the Dodgers were celebrating their one hundredth anniversary, the Dodgers
ran a poll asking fans about their favorite Dodger. Vin Scully simply won the
survey. When Major League Baseball chose an All Century Team, Scully was All
On a personal note, I would like to thank Vin Scully for being my eyes and ears
at Dodger games and teaching me the importance of preparation.
Sarah Morris is the editor of Dodger Place. She lives in Anderson, Texas.