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Vince Scully Passing


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Posted by Big Al II on Monday, August 22nd 2022:

Like myself, Vince Scully was the Bronx born & a Giant fan. I remember when he 1st started broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was such a relief when it was his term to announce the game compared to Red Barber's boring monotone voice. I had to listen to the Dodgers broadcast because my Godfather, not blood-related, was a rabid Dodger fan. Coming from Trinidad, he knew absolutely nothing about baseball until he went into the US Navy right after Pearl Harbor. Since he never asked me if I liked the Dodgers, I had to say yes because he was more or less my mentor since I was about 6 yrs old although I liked the Giants. Ironically he took me to my first ball game at the Polo grounds in 1946 because it was the only game available at that time, incidentally, he pointed out to me a famous Giant slugger, of course at my age, I knew no major league players except I think Joe DiMaggio. Sometime later, I surmised it had to be Mell Ott, so I could say that I saw a man who played way back in around 1927. Since the day he passed away in around 1992, I never revealed to him that I hated the Dodgers. When I was in HS, he gave me 20 bucks to buy tickets at EBBETS FIELD for a doubleheader with the Cardinale. I couldn't believe it, the Cards were one of the great NL teams back then, always in the 1st division. I believe I saw Stan Musial hit four homers that day in two games.
Getting back to Vince Scully, I went to a Dodger game around 2005 or so & heard his voice over the PA. I had made up a sign reading "my 1st Dodger game since 1953" but they wouldn't let me take it into the stands. I had hoped Vince Scully would see it & comment on it. I would've loved to talk about hearing him some sixty years ago but that Dodger stadium is so huge that it was no way I could get to the press box. Then when he retired, I heard his bio on TV saying he was a Giant fan growing up in The Bronx, I was elated, I tried to reach him on the internet but to no avail. Well with his passing, I've had some missed opportunities that I could never capture again. RIP Vince.
Note: This originally was attempted to be posted on the time of Scully's passing, but ity wouldn't go thru.

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