"And a very pleasant evening to you wherever you may be..."
November 29, 2012 2:48 PM Subscribe
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Today is the 85th birthday of Hall of Fame baseball announcer Vin Scully
. He will be returning next year for his unprecedented 64th season calling games for the Dodgers, in a career reaching back to the team's Brooklyn days and their move to Los Angeles in 1958. The New York Yankees tried to pry him away
in the 1960s, but he remained with the team and has become an LA institution. In the 21st Century, he has inspired blog names
and even dabbled in the online world himself during a game last season -- as an experiment, he asked fans to get a topic trending on Twitter about Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis, "a nice boy." Later in the broadcast he announced sheepishly that Ellis was trending across the U.S.
This coming Monday, he will be taking over the team's Twitter feed
to answer questions -- tag your tweets #askvin
Scully has announced many historical moments, including the Brooklyn Dodgers' only championship in 1955
, Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run
in 1974, and various perfect games including Sandy Koufax's in 1965 (MP3
)...although as one fan pointed out today
Every game Vin Scully calls is a perfect game.
A famously humble man in a town known for its egos and flashy ways, one who gets uncomfortable with the spotlight pointed at him, he is adored by Angelinos. When he missed last season's Dodgers opening game at home for only the second time ever
It took the breath out of 56,000 people, that's what it did. When it was announced before the game that you were sick, a giant "Ohhhhhh" rippled through the crowd. Moments later, when they showed your image on the giant scoreboard, fans regrouped to give you the longest and loudest pregame ovation of anyone.
After missing a handful of games, he was back, to the collective relief of millions.