Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, joining 24 other titles for their significance and sounds towards the culture and history to American society.
The 25 titles were each chosen because of a specific instance, with Scully being inducted for his last call at the Polo Grounds in a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. The contest was played Sept. 8, 1957.
At that point in time the Dodgers had already expressed their interest in relocating to Los Angeles, while the Giants were on track to move on to San Francisco. During the now-immortalized call, Scully pointed out how he wished for players to take their time while on the field in order to bask in the glory of playing one final time at one of MLB’s most historic venues.
Although this contest was early into Scully’s tenure with the organization, that same magic with his words and storytelling was present. The ability to weave between stories, memories and the actual game was an art, while his soothing voice and calm demeanor always reassured fans listening at home.
Throughout his illustrious 67-year career, there isn’t much Scully didn’t do when it came to the broadcasting. The NAB and National Baseball Hall-of-Famer represented both Brooklyn and Los Angeles in every fashion, while also providing a smooth and comforting voice to families all over the world.
Alas, Scully’s unforgettable career came to an end last season, with a series of events and games dedicated to him and all that he did for the franchise. Although Scully has drifted into retirement, the accolades and praise will continue on forever, and rightfully so.
Last December, Scully was among a select group given a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor a civilian can receive.
In recent news, Scully explained why he isnt’ he isn’t anticipating watching the Dodgers 2017 Opening Day game against the San Diego Padres. Scully will be honored during a pregame ceremony on May 3, when he’s inducted into the Ring of Honor at Dodger Stadium.