Vin Scully, the poet laureate of baseball
Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully smiles before throwing out the first pitch during ceremonies honoring him on his 64 years behind the Dodgers microphone, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
(CBS News) A bobblehead figure of Vin Scully is a good-natured tribute to the legendary baseball announcer's years of service to a storied team. Lee Cowan takes us out to the ball game for some Questions-and-Answers:
It was a perfect summer evening for baseball - and on this night in Los Angeles, thousands got to Dodger Stadium a little early - for a handout.
It was Bobblehead Night - popular at every stadium. But it wasn't a player being "bobbled"; it was a voice: Legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully.
"This man is the reason why I come to baseball games. I love Vin Scully," said Denise Robertson.
"It's time for Dodger baseball!"
That melodic voice has been the soundtrack of the Dodgers since 1950, when they were still the Brooklyn Dodgers. And at 84, Vinnie (as the players call him) is still at it.
"It's been a sport that I've loved ever since I could throw a ball," he said.
"So you still get goose bumps?" Cowan asked.
"Yeah, still do. That's really the thermometer for my love affair, my fever. As long as I get the goose bumps, I know that I should still be doing it."
From his perch up behind home plate, Scully isn't just an announcer - he's a storyteller. He uses the English language the way Casey wielded a bat.
"Fernando Valenzuela has pitched a no-hitter. If you've got a sombrero, throw it to the sky!"
Many consider him the poet laureate of baseball - a description he seems uncomfortable with.
"Well, I, you know, over 60-some-odd years, you're bound to blunder into a couple," he said.
"So these aren't things that you practice or work at?" Cowan asked,
"Oh, no! Oh gosh no, no," Scully replied. "I would be scared to death of having something that I think was so precious, that I couldn't wait to get it on the air, and I'd mess it up! No, what comes out - good, bad or otherwise - it's not only me, it's me at the moment."
And what moments he's seen! In 1974 he called Hank Aaron's hit that finally broke Babe Ruth's home run record.
"What a marvelous moment for the country and the world! A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol!"
He was at the 1986 World Series for one of the most infamous errors of all:
"Behind the Bag! It gets through Buckner! And the Mets win it!!!"
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