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Scully, Vincent Edward

Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 94 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Announcer, Radio Host, Sportscaster

1927 – Born – November 29, in The Bronx, New York



1940’s – Scully began his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University. While at Fordham, he helped form its FM radio station WFUV, was assistant sports editor for Volume 28 of The Fordham Ram his senior year, sang in a barbershop quartet, played center field, got a degree, and sent about 150 letters to stations along the Eastern seaboard. Scully ultimately got only one response, from CBS Radio affiliate WTOP in Washington, which made him a fill-in.



1950 – He was eventually recruited by Red Barber, sports director of the CBS Radio Network, for its college football coverage. Scully impressed his boss with his coverage of a football game from frigid Fenway Park in Boston, despite having to do so from the stadium roof (expecting an enclosed press box, Scully had left his coat and gloves at his hotel, but never mentioned his discomfort on the air). Barber mentored Scully and told him that if he wanted to be a successful sports announcer he should never be a "homer" (openly showing a rooting interest for the team that employs you, as many more modern sportscasters do), never listen to other announcers, and keep his opinions to himself.




1951-52 – Scully joined Barber and Cornelius (Connie) Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio and television booths. When Barber got into a salary dispute with World Series sponsor Gillette in 1953, Scully took Barber’s spot for the Fall Classic. At the age of 25, Scully became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series (a record that stands to this day). Barber left the Dodgers after the 1953 season (to work for the New York Yankees). With Desmond often sidelined due to problems with alcoholism, Scully eventually became the team’s principal announcer. Scully called the Dodgers’ games in Brooklyn until 1957, after which the club moved west to Los Angeles.




1958 – Scully accompanied the Dodgers in their new location, and quickly established himself as a popular and authoritative voice to the team’s Southern California fans. Because fans had difficulty following the action during the team’s four seasons in the cavernous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it soon became customary for them to bring transistor radios to the games, the better to hear Scully and partner Jerry Doggett describe what was happening. This became an established practice that continued even after the team’s move to Dodger Stadium in 1962, and engineers for the Dodgers’ radio and television stations (as well as those of other teams) often had difficulty adjusting to the sound of Scully’s play-by-play amplified from the stands at Dodger home games. Scully’s popularity in Los Angeles became such that in 1976 the team’s fans voted him the "most memorable personality" in the history of the franchise.




                        -Like Barber and Mel Allen in the 1940s, Scully retained his credentials in football even as his baseball career blossomed. From 1975 to 1982, Scully called National Football League games for CBS television. One of his most famous NFL calls is Dwight Clark’s touchdown catch in the January 10, 1982, NFC Championship Game (which Scully called with Hank Stram), which put the San Francisco 49ers into Super Bowl XVI.




1958-1973 – He has been married twice, and has 6 children from both, 3 from each marriage.

He is still married to his second wife. 




1968 – He was in the movie The Party, he did voice work in this movie.





1970’s-1980’s – Scully also anchored the network’s tennis and PGA Tour golf coverage, usually working the golf events with Pat Summerall, Ken Venturi, and Ben Wright. From 1975 to 1982, he was part of the team that covered the Masters for CBS. He has also done golf coverage for NBC and ABC television.





1977 –  Scully began his first of two stints calling baseball for CBS Radio, broadcasting the All-Star Game through 1982 and the World Series from 1979-1982.




1983 – Scully decided to leave CBS Sports in favor of a job calling baseball games for NBC, following a dispute over assignment prominence (according to CBS Sports producer Terry O’Neil in the book The Game Behind the Game). CBS decided going into the 1981 NFL season that John Madden was going to be the star color commentator of their NFL television coverage. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Pat Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series and World Series for CBS Radio. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports decided that Pat Summerall’s style was more in tune with John Madden than was Scully’s, and assigned him to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan.





1983-1989 – Outside of Southern California, Vin Scully is probably best remembered for being NBC television’s lead baseball broadcaster, earning approximately $2 million per year. Besides calling the Saturday Game of the Week for NBC, Scully called three World Series (1984, 1986, and 1988), four National League Championship Series (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989), and four All-Star Games (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989). Scully also reworked his Dodgers schedule during this period, as he would only broadcast home games on the radio, road games for television, and got Fridays and Saturdays off so he could work for NBC.




1988-89 – the first official night game in the history of Chicago’s Wrigley Field (August 9, 1988); Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series; and chatting with Ronald Reagan (who said to Scully, "I’ve been out of work for six months and maybe there’s a future here.") in the booth during the 1989 All-Star Game in Anaheim.




1989 – On Saturday, June 3, Scully was doing the play-by-play for the NBC Game of the Week in St. Louis, where the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings. Meanwhile, Dodgers were playing a series in Houston and Scully flew to Houston to be on hand to call the Sunday game of the series. However, the Saturday night game between the teams was going into extra innings when Scully arrived at Houston, so he went to the Astrodome instead of his hotel. He picked up the play-by-play, helping to relieve the other Dodger announcers, who were doing both television and radio, and broadcast the final 13 innings (after already calling 10 innings in St. Louis), as the game went 22 innings. He broadcast 23 innings in one day in two different cities.




1990 – After leaving NBC, Scully returned to CBS Radio baseball in 1990, calling the network’s World Series broadcasts through 1997. After ESPN Radio acquired Series radio rights from CBS in 1998, Scully decided to retire from national broadcasting.




1999 – Scully was the master of ceremonies for MasterCard’s Major League Baseball All-Century Team before the start of Game 2 of the World Series. Also in 1999, Scully appeared in the movie For Love of the Game.



                                  -In recent years, Scully cut back his work schedule to approximately 110 games a year (though he has no plans to retire in the foreseeable future according to a July 2005 interview with Bryant Gumbel on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel). Usually, he will call the first three innings of a Dodgers game via a radio-and-television simulcast, then the rest exclusively for television.



2000’s – Scully will normally not call a non-playoff game that takes place east of the Rockies (a key exception was the 2007 season opening series, when the Dodgers opened their season up in Milwaukee); in addition, Scully reportedly won’t attend or watch a baseball game that he isn’t announcing. It wasn’t until the year 2004, when he and his boss, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, attended a game at Fenway Park, that Scully was at a baseball game simply as a spectator.



2007 – Scully broadcast televised Dodger home games, road games against National League West opponents (Arizona, Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco) and the interleague games at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. As previously mentioned, he generally no longer goes on road trips east of the Rockies. The only exceptions were the opening series in Milwaukee, and a four game series against the Chicago Cubs.




Named California Sportscaster of the Year twenty-eight times, he received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and was honored with a Life Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting and induction into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. He was named Broadcaster of the Century by the American Sportscasters Association (ASA) in 2000. In 2009, the ASA named him the top sportscaster of all-time on its list of the Top 50.