Curtis: Meet Vinnie (Scully) from Brooklyn

From Bryan Curtis at The Ringer on July 6, 2016:

Here’s my [Undeniables] nomination: 88-year-old Vin Scully, who’s been calling Dodger baseball games on radio and TV since 1950. There’s just one problem with enshrining Scully. Ever since he announced this would be his 67th and final year in the booth, Scully’s been enshrined nonstop.

A few months back, I watched the dedication of Vin Scully Avenue. And I see people on Twitter saying, “Vin Scully is the soundtrack of summer!” — and I’m pretty sure some of these people never even lived in L.A. It’s as if Vin is so beloved, so undeniable, that we forget to say how it is he came to be great.

Here’s my proposal: First, forget Vin Scully of L.A. — the grandfatherly voice of the Dodgers. Focus, instead, on Vinnie from Brooklyn. The guy who was hired at the absurd age of 22 years old to call Dodgers games at Ebbets Field. The guy who put a soundtrack on the exploits of Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson.

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Originally published: July 6, 2016. Last Updated: July 6, 2016.