From SABR member Jeff Katz at Jeff-Katz.com on September 5, 2016:
He’s been there from the beginning. In fact, he was there before the beginning. Vincent Edward Scully, “Vin.” The hackneyed phrase “dulcet tones” was created for him. That voice, ringing clear and coupled with deep intelligent analysis and historical perspective brought Scully to the top of the broadcasting heap. Hard to believe that that tone was born in the Bronx.
Scully began his career as a student at Fordham University in his native borough. His talent already apparent, he was recruited by Brooklyn Dodger announcer Red Barber, also sports director of CBS radio as a college football announcer, but by 1950 had joined Barber and Connie Desmond in the Dodger booth. At 25, Scully was lead announcer for the 1953 World Series. No one younger has ever filled that role. By 1955, he was the number one man of the Dodgers announcing team.
The Dodgers moved west and Scully remained. His broadcast of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game vs. the Cubs on September 9, 1965, is a model of poetry on-the-fly, Scully’s spontaneously composing a story that would last well beyond the moment.
Although Scully’s broadcasting partner Jerry Doggett would pop up in two Batman episodes and one 77 Sunset Strip entry, Scully’s distinctive voice would lead him to innumerable opportunities in TV, movies and records. His contribution to the LP The Sound of the Dodgers gave the record some needed class. For his television and movie roles he was always either “announcer,” “sports announcer” or “Dodgers announcer.”
Originally published: September 6, 2016. Last Updated: September 6, 2016.