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To: WalterSkinner
..two and two to Harvey Kuenn...
10 posted on 09/14/2012 6:58:50 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar; All
Thanks for linking to the Vin Scully broadcast of the Sandy Koufax perfect game!

Koufax was and will always remain my favorite professional athlete. No pitcher I have ever seen dominated the sport as he did for the last five years of his unfortunately shortened career. In addition, he is a good guy off the field, and never engaged in any crass commercialism to take advantage of his baseball fame after his career was over, always modest and low key to a fault.

As for Scully's broadcast of the ninth inning, somehow he forgot to inform his listeners of the score, because not only were Koufax' no-hitter and perfect game on the line with every pitch, but so was the game - an important game in a tight pennant race in September - with the Dodgers clinging to a narrow 1-0 lead. (The Dodgers had only ONE hit themselves.)

But even without giving the score, Scully's call there was one of his most remembered masterpieces. No one ever did a better job calling radio baseball play-by-play than Vin Scully. He not only describes the nuts and bolts of what's happening on the field as it unfolds so that the listener has no questions about it (a skill that surprisingly eludes too many radio announcers in a predominantly television broadcasting age), but he embellishes his broadcasts with colorful stories and anecdotes during lulls in the game. Also, reflecting the values of an earlier age of journalism, he is not as outwardly partisan to his team as most others.

11 posted on 09/15/2012 6:07:02 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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