Vin Scully’s legacy is bigger than baseball

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Los Angeles is known for many things. Perfect weather, beautiful surf and a Hollywood streak all come to mind. remember when the city of angels mentioned.

But for those who were lucky enough to grow up in Los Angeles and who understand the role at least a little, sport plays in many livesthere is a specific person and a specific voice that comes to mind first.

Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully waves to the crowd with his wife Sandra Hunt before the Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in October.  October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully waves to the crowd with his wife Sandra Hunt before the Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in October. October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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This is Vin Scully.

For years, it was Scully who wove stories of Los Angeles hometown heroes into the living rooms and cars of Dodgers fans. It was Scully’s soothing tone of voice that taught fans the game of baseball, brought families together after dinner, and still reminds us of home.

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Dodgers great Steve Garvey put it perfectly on Tuesday night when he described what Scully means to Los Angeles.

“Every big city has sounds” – Garvey. said on the MLB network. “And there was one clear sound in LA, and that was the voice of Vin Scully all these years. I think some people have roads named after them, others have cities, mountains or rivers, but Vin was above that.

“His voice resonates, the Dodgers are phenomenal in keeping his voice in the stadium, coming and going. And hearing that every day when people come to Dodger Stadium is a comforting feeling that they are back home as fans. to Dodgers Stadium, and Vin is there at heart.”

Vin Scully passed away Tuesday night at the age of 94 after nearly seven decades as the voice of the game we’ve all come to love.

For many a loss Scully hit harder than originally expected. After all, most of us have never met this person, let alone talked to him. Yet his departure was like the loss of an old friend.

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Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, not everyone far from dodger stadium, the sound of Scully’s voice takes me back to another time. In a simpler time, when I always thought about playing baseball.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks to fans ahead of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in October.  December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks to fans ahead of Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in October. December 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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For those not in the know, the weather in Los Angeles isn’t perfect everywhere. It’s hot in the valley. And when I say hot, I mean 100 degrees and above in the summer, with the beach miles away – and the dreadful 405 freeway ride – far away.

Like many children who grew up in my childhood, my upbringing did not include central cooling. Although I don’t want to sound like a miserable existence – I had a great childhood – the only cool place during the summer months was my parents’ bedroom, where there was a lone window air conditioner.

There was also a radio in the same room.

Some of my earliest memories include walking quietly into my parents’ room, breathing in the cool air, and listening to the greatest baseball announcer who ever lived describe beautifully what happened just a few miles down the road in the gorge. Chavez.

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Scully’s style was unlike any other. He wasn’t afraid of silence, of letting the sounds of the stadium slowly engulf the listener to the point where you feel like you’re sitting on third baseline happily munching on a bag of peanuts.

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers host Vin Scully poses for a photo ahead of a game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 24.  20, 2016.

FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers host Vin Scully poses for a photo ahead of a game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 24. 20, 2016.
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Vin’s contribution to baseball will live on for generations as those lucky enough to hear him name the games will pass on his story to their children and grandchildren.

It was the same for me, as my grandfather spoke so fondly of Scully throughout my childhood, often telling me about Scully’s story the night before.

In my day, he ran a single booth, quite different from today’s shows, which often feature three men all vying for airtime. It was Vin’s show and the baseball fans had no choice.

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Have called 25 World SeriesHank Aaron’s 715th home run, 20 no-hitters, and three perfect games that made fans outside of Los Angeles realize his greatness.

Fans leave baseballs, flowers, candles and notes to honor and celebrate the life of Hall of Fame host Vin Scully at a makeshift memorial under "Welcome to Dodger Stadium" sign Vin Scully Avenue after Scully passed away at the age of 94 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 8th.  2, 2022.

Fans leave baseballs, flowers, candles and notes to honor and celebrate the life of Hall of Famer Vin Scully at a makeshift memorial under the “Welcome to Dodger Stadium” sign along Vin Scully Avenue after Scully passed away at the age of 94 in Los Angeles. Angeles. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.
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But for boys and girls raised in Los Angeles, Vin will always be the voice of the Dodgers, the voice of baseball, and the voice of our childhood.

While the news of his passing is sad for anyone who calls himself a fan of the game, I remind you of the words Vin said to all of us during his last broadcast in 2016.

“Don’t be sad because it’s over. Smile because it was.”

We all smile as we remember the sound of Vin Scully’s voice and how it takes us back to better times, when all that mattered was the sound of the stadium and the beat.

Thank you Vin for being the voice of baseball and the voice of my city. The baseball game and the city of Los Angeles will never forget you.