Famous announcer Al Michaels grew up in New York listening to Scully on the radio and says that Scully was one of his inspirations to get into broadcasting. Early in his career, according to Michaels, he decided to “just sound like Vinnie” in order to establish himself as a broadcaster.
“When you talk about the people who have been important in your life, I can’t imagine anyone more important,” Michaels said.
Michaels said that Scully’s ability to make the game feel natural and related made him a true original.
“Vinnie could take an ordinary game, a completely forgotten game… and make it much more interesting than the game itself. And then he can take a great game and make it iconic,” Michaels said.
Watch the video above for a full interview with Los Angeles Times staff writer Sam Farmer with Michaels about the Dodgers announcer’s impact on his life and career and what Scully means to broadcast sports.