posted on August 4, 2022
If you have been around the game of baseball for any amount of time, then you may be familiar with the name Vin Scully. Vin was widely known as the greatest sports broadcaster of all time. He began his career in 1950 as the voice of Dodgers baseball, and worked with them until he retired in 2016. He was known for his passion of the game of baseball, along with his love for all of the fans who enjoyed it. He had a way of making people feel special, and bringing them a deeper connection with the game itself. Unfortunately Vin Scully passed away earlier this week, but because of his deep connection with the game of baseball and all of the fans, his memory will live forever.
One of Vin Scully’s greatest calls of all time was Hank Arrons 715th home run to break the record previously held by the great Babe Ruth. Vin had a way of making you feel exactly what was happening. If you closed your eyes, you would feel as if you were there in the stadium. You could hear the crowd begin to roar as they grew anxious to see what Hank would do. On the second pitch of the at bat, Hank drove a ball deep over the left field fence to break the record. For those few seconds that he trotted around the bases, Vin stood up in the broadcast booth and turned his back to the game so that he would not be tempted to talk as the fans took in the moment. That his how passionate he was about the game, but also about the fans.
During his final game as a broadcaster, he stood up and said to the crowd, “I’ve always needed you far more than you’ve needed me”. You see, for all of those years, the game of baseball and all of the fans were what gave Vin his purpose and his drive, and therefore he was able to return the favor to all of those fans every single game. Everything we do is full circle. When we find what we are passionate about and follow it, we give our full self to whatever it may be. As it gives to us, we are then able to return the favor and give to it with the same joy. How much of a shame would it have been if Vin was too scared to follow his passion; if he never would have chased his dream, and we were never blessed with his wonderful enthusiasm for the game of baseball. Just think about how many people he was able to impact and have an influence on over that 66 year span. All of us are blessed with this gift, but it’s up to us to discover it, follow it, and never let it go.
Below are the titles of two of Vin Scully’s most memorable calls that you can watch on youtube.
“Vin Scully gives an emotional final sign off”
“Vin Scully calls Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run”
– Curtis Miller