One of the underplayed sports stories of the week relates to Vin Scully returning to the broadcast booth for his 63rd season with the Dodgers next year, notes Grumpy Editor.
The Hall of Famer, who started broadcasting Dodger games when the baseball team was in Brooklyn prior to moving to Los Angeles, decided to continue the play-by-play into 2012 after “a lot of soul searching and a few prayers.”
Scully, 83, added, “Besides, what else would I do?”
The veteran sportscaster works solo, an amazing task, and calls all nine (or more) innings of the Dodgers’ televised games and the first three innings of each game simulcast on radio.
What makes Scully different from other baseball broadcasters is that he combines precise play-by-play action with a steady flow of interesting player and team facts, figures, assorted tid bits and story telling.
There’s no dead air with Scully at the microphone.
In short, he puts sparkle into dull games.
Some other baseball broadcasters, often working with a partner, would do well to emulate Scully.
Sometimes their trivial chatter, coupled with boring action on the field, puts viewers into a deep dozing mode.