Megdal: Vin Scully’s voice resonates across three generations

From SABR member Howard Megdal at USA Today on August 30, 2016:

I’ll acknowledge some confusion about the contest the Los Angeles Dodgers held this month as part of their efforts to pay proper tribute to Vin Scully in his 67th and final season.

This is no fault of the Dodgers, who sent out a perfectly reasonable email by mortal standards, inviting fans to vote on the best 20 calls of Scully’s career. There was no shortage to choose from. His Oct. 8, 1956, call of Don Larsen’s perfect game, Yogi Berra jumping into the pitcher’s arms during his brief period of immortality. Sandy Koufax delivering to Harvey Kuenn, Hank Aaron hitting No. 715 and Mookie Wilson hitting a grounder to first base.

And yet it is difficult to process what Scully truly represented to the game of baseball or to the people of baseball — those central to its most dramatic moments and the millions who lived through them vicariously over the decades — through the epic moments alone.

I won’t claim to pretend that my family’s experience is somehow emblematic of what Scully provided to the baseball world.

But this is what I’ll miss and what I’ll treasure most in these final few weeks of Scully’s career, something it pains me to type.

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Originally published: September 1, 2016. Last Updated: September 1, 2016.