a narrator, a sportscaster and a gentleman

Vin Scully_Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers

I’ve always felt two of the toughest jobs in all of broadcasting were that of a news reporter/anchor and a play-by-play announcer/sportscaster.

While anchors and reports have their slow news days when they can phone it in, they always have to be prepared to report credible, accurately and succinctly on a breaking story as it happens. As soon as they “say it” the audience hears it. That’s pressure!

Play-by-play announcers are like news reporters on speed. They have to follow the action right in front of everyone and be immediately insightful in their analysis before the next play begins. And fans are never shy about their opinions.

One of the finest examples I ever witnessed of a news anchor/sports reporter was during the 1989 World Series and the earthquake that took place there. Al Michaels, who spent three years in San Francisco as an announcer for the San Francisco Giants, was nominated for an Emmy Award for news broadcasting after giving an eyewitness account of the aftermath of the earthquake at Candlestick Park. I think he should have won.

But as a pure sportscaster, someone who turned play-by-play into an art form, I don’t know if I like anybody as much as Vin Scully. I think he’s been the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers since baseball was created and he’s awesome at it.

This week, the Dodger’s play their arch rivals the San Francisco Giants…note worthy because it may be the location where Barry Bonds ties and or breaks Hank Aaron’s all time home run record.

The controversy regarding Bonds aside, for the purposes of this blog, Scully’s opportunity to possibly call the swing that ties or breaks the record is uniquely important because it was Scully who broadcast the homerun call when Aaron broke the record 33 years ago.

Kudos to the New York Times’ reporter Lee Jenkins for this timely and interesting article about Vin Scully

2 Responses to “a narrator, a sportscaster and a gentleman”

  1. A little late to the party, here, but you are absolutely right about Vin Scully. I’ve always loved when he’s done national broadcasts not only because of his artistry on the microphone, but because I feel like that little kid in Granada Hills with my AM radio and earpiece again when I hear him calling a game.

    Thankfully, the HR record wasn’t broken by a Dodger pitch this time. We’ll see who’s facing A-Rod in a few years to see if fate puts the Blue in that position again…

  2. Well by that time A Rod could be playing FOR the Dodgers! 🙂

    Vin remains one of the classiest on air acts in broadcasting.

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    Best always,
    – Peter

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