One of the greatest play by play broadcasters in sports is the great Vin Scully. He is an idol of mine. Scully started his broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers who are now the Los Angeles Dodgers. For those who did not know the Dodgers where once part of the New York baseball. The other two teams where the New York Yankees and New York Giants. The Giants moved to San Francisco when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Scully has the second-longest tenure with the Dodgers. The only one he is behind is Tommy Lasorda. Scully did not just do Dodger baseball he did football and golf events as well. He announced his last game in 2016. It was a game I tuned into to hear a legend do his game. Throughout the years there are so many memorable calls that he made.
3. It Gets Thru Buckner
This is one hurts me to put in this article. Especially since I am a Boston Red Sox fan. This one took place during the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. It was in game six with Mets Mookie Wilson at the plate. Wilson hits the ball down the first baseline where Bill Buckner was in the position to make the play. As he sets his glove down the ball rolled under it and into right field. This allowed Ray Knight to score and win game six and the Mets would also go on to win game seven and the 1986 World Series. Vin Scully famous quote “Behind the bag it gets through Buckner here comes Knight and the Mets win it”. This of course added to the pain of the Red Sox not winning the World Series.
2. Don Larson’s Perfect Game
There have only been 23 perfect games in MLB history. There has only been one in the World Series. That came in game five of the 1956 World Series which featured the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. Pitching the game for the Yankees was Don Larson. He was able to get 27 straight Dodgers out. Larson won World Series MVP. The famous call “Berra mobs Don Larson as he throws a no-hitter and a perfect game”. This had to be hard for Vin Scully to call a perfect game against a team that he announced for. Up until this point, he is the only one to announce a perfect game during the World Series. The question I have is will we ever see another one?
1. Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
This is my favorite Vin Scully call. It took place in game one of the 1988 World Series. It was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics. Kirk Gibson was not supposed to play due to injuries. However, Gibson was called upon to face Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. At the point, Eckersley has not given up a home run since August of that year. On a 3-2 count in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs he hit the game-winning home run. The famous call “Down the right-field line she is gone”. At the point, Gibson hobbled around the bases pumping his arms. As he crossed home plate, he was incredibly careful as he celebrated. This was one of the moments in sports that was not supposed to happen.
In the end, I was incredibly happy to be able to hear Vin Scully call sports. These were my favorite three he made but the choices were so hard to make. He will go down as one of the best of all-time or the greatest of all time. He will always be my favorite play by play announcer.
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