Charlie & Debbie

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Forgive my self-indulgence here.  Obviously, I’m in the broadcasting business, and have been since 1989.  I am also a lifelong sports fanatic.  All sports.  I’ve often told a story of my father and I privately and will do so here.  My dad is an artist.  He’s a photographer by trade.  Growing up, I was a jock.  My dad liked sports but was never a huge participant.  His darkroom was underneath a staircase in our garage.  Much of our father/son time that remains ingrained in my memory is of me sitting in a chair in his darkroom while he developed pictures and the two of us listening to Football games, basketball games, and baseball games on the radio-depending on the season.  So, consequently I fell in love with the voices of those broadcasts.  Perhaps there was no bigger voice in sports in my life than Vin Scully.  He began his career broadcasting Dodger baseball games in 1950 and called his last one for the team in 2016.  Additionally, he was a figure on the national scene of sports.  In his career, he did baseball, football, and golf on television.  His voice was unique and iconic.  Here’s just a few of sports biggest moments brought to life by the voice of Vin Scully.  Let’s start with Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in the first game of the 1988 World Series punctuated with the unforgettable, “In a year that’s been so improbable, the impossible has happened!”

Perhaps the most significant call of Scully’s career was that of Henry Aaron’s historic 715th home run in 1975, breaking the long-standing record of the legendary, Babe Ruth.

 

And then there’s this one.  To this day it hurts Debbie to watch a young Joe Montana connect with Clemson’s own, Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone as the San Francisco 49ers ended a decade of dominance by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game.  It is now forever known simply as “The Catch.”

(1480) The Catch 1981 NFC Championship – YouTube

Vin Scully was 94 years old.  He’s survived by his 5 children, 21 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.  And all of us who were blessed to have his voice be the soundtrack of so many memories. Godspeed and rest easy, sir.