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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Many different factors make Los Angeles famous. When The City of Angels is spoken, images of the wonderful weather, stunning surf, and the Hollywood Boulevard all spring to mind.
However, there is a specific person and a specific voice that immediately springs to mind for those who were fortunate enough to grow up in LA and who have at least a passing familiarity with the impact that sports have on many people’s lives.
In preparation for Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on October 20, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, Vin Scully and his wife Sandra Hunt wave to the crowd. (Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey)
Vin Scully is in.
For many years, Scully told tales of LA’s hometown heroes in the living rooms and automobiles of Dodgers supporters. Scully’s voice’s comforting tonality introduced baseball to fans, encouraged family time after dinner, and continues to do so now by conjuring up memories of home.
excellent Dodgers Tuesday night, Steve Garvey articulated what Scully means to Los Angeles in the most appropriate way.
According to Garvey said on MLB Network , “every great city has sounds to it.” And for all these years, Vin Scully’s voice has been the only distinct sound in Los Angeles. Vin was above that, in my opinion. Some people get towns, mountains, or rivers named after them, while others have highways.
“His voice has reverberated, and the Dodgers have done an amazing job of maintaining his sound around the stadium as fans enter and go. And to hear that every day as visitors enter Dodger Stadium gives them the comfort of knowing that Vin is there in spirit and they have returned home as fans.
After nearly seven decades as the voice of the game we all came to love, Vin Scully passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 94.
The loss of Scully impacted many people more directly than they had anticipated. After all, the bulk of us have never even had the opportunity to speak with the man, much less met him. Yet, when he died, it was like saying goodbye to an old friend.
The sound of Scully’s voice transports me to a another era because I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, not too far from Dodger Stadium. Back to a simpler time when I was constantly thinking about the sport of baseball.
Before Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully addresses the crowd. (Harry How/Getty Pictures) )
For those who don’t know, not all of Los Angeles experiences ideal weather. Valley is really warm. And when I say hot, I mean summertime temperatures of 100 degrees and upwards, with the beach being miles away and a terrifying journey down the 405 freeway.
Central air conditioning was not a part of my upbringing, unlike many other children during my childhood. Although I don’t want to make it sound like it, I had a great upbringing, the only area that was cool during the summer was in my parent’s bedroom, where there was just one window air conditioner.
A radio was also in that space.
Some of my earliest recollections were sneaking into my parents’ room in complete silence, breathing in the crisp air, and listening to the greatest baseball announcer to have ever lived describe in exact detail what was happening at Chavez Ravine just a few miles away.
There was nothing else like Scully’s style. He wasn’t afraid to let the stadium’s sounds gently envelop the listener, giving the impression that they were seated along the third baseline, enjoying a bag of peanuts.
FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully poses for a picture before a game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants on September 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo
Vin’s contributions to baseball will endure for many decades after his death because those who had the good fortune to hear him call games will tell their children and grandkids about him.
That was the case for me since throughout my childhood, my grandfather frequently told me about Scully’s yarn from the previous evening and spoke so highly of her.
In contrast to today’s shows, which frequently feature three men contending for air time, he ran a one-man booth during my time. Baseball fans wouldn’t have had it any other way since it was Vin’s show.
He provided opportunities for fans outside of Los Angeles to recognize his greatness by calling 25 World Series, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, 20 no-hitters, and three perfect games.
After Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at age 94, fans will erect a temporary memorial along Vin Scully Avenue with baseballs, flowers, candles, and letters to remember and celebrate his life. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, courtesy of MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) )
However, Vin will always be the voice of the Dodgers, baseball, and our youth to the boys and girls who lived in Los Angeles as children.
I would want to remind you of Vin’s comments to us all during his final broadcast in 2016, even though the news of his demise is painful for everyone who deems themselves a fan of the game.
“Don’t mourn the loss of it. Laugh it off since it happened.
We’re all grinning as we recall Vin Scully’s voice and how it transports us to a happier time when the sound of the stadium and the crack of the bat was all that mattered.
Vin, I appreciate you speaking for baseball and representing my city. You will always be remembered in the world of baseball and in the city of Los Angeles.
Fox News sports reporter Joe Morgan works there.