Vin Scully: Late Author Roger Kahn ‘Got It Right’ In “The Boys Of Summer” Book About Brooklyn Dodgers
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Before the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles in 1958, the club called Brooklyn their home for upwards of seven decades. The organization won 12 National League pennants over that stretch, arguably enjoying its most success during the 1950s.

The Dodgers won their first World Series championship in 1955, defeating the crosstown New York Yankees in seven games. It ushered in one of the greatest eras in franchise history that would continue on the West Coast, as the franchise captured three additional titles over the next 10 years.

Author Roger Kahn attempted to recapture some of the Dodgers’ glory days in Brooklyn with “The Boys of Summer” — widely considered one of the most powerful sports books ever written. It was published in 1972 and remains a must-read for baseball fans to this day.

Kahn recently passed away at the age of 92. Tributes have been pouring in, including one from Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who believes Kahn perfectly encapsulated the Brooklyn Dodgers in his writing, via Beth Harris of The Associated Press:

Scully, of course, began his broadcasting career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, teaming up with Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the booth.

By 1954, Scully became the lead play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers and served in that capacity until the conclusion of the 2016 season, when he stepped away from the game after an illustrious 67-year career.

Scully, who turned 92 last November, is now enjoying retirement with his wife Sandi. Fans have pined for Scully to join the booth for special occasions but he has respectfully declined those opportunities.

Scully has nevertheless made a handful of appearances at Dodger Stadium since retiring, including most recently at a ceremony that unveiled the 2020 MLB All-Star Game logo.

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