Scully

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

sport, Scully has plenty of sto­ries and an amaz­ing re­call of names, dates and oc­ca­sions that would put most 88-year-olds to shame.

He’s used his en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge work­ing games alone for much of his ca­reer, mak­ing him an anom­aly in to­day’s world of booths jammed with play-by-play, color com­men­ta­tors and an­a­lysts talk­ing over each other.

“That’s not an ego trip on my part,” Scully said. “Red had the the­ory: one voice, one man. The oneon-one is re­ally ef­fec­tive.”

Scully’s es­teem and in­flu­ence earned him an of­fer from Eu­gene Wy­man to run for of­fice in 1964. Wy­man’s wife, Roz, was in­flu­en­tial in help­ing bring the Dodgers west in 1958. Wy­man told Scully the Democrats were look­ing for a can­di­date to fill the U.S. Se­nate seat from Cal­i­for­nia. Scully lis­tened po­litely and asked Wy­man for 48 hours to mull it over.

“I called him and said, ‘I’ve given it a lot of thought, which was not true, I just don’t think I’m qual­i­fied and I think I’d be hap­pier do­ing my base­ball games,”’ Scully said.

His first Brook­lyn Dodgers game on April 18, 1950, was in Philadelphia, hav­ing cracked jokes on the way to the ball­park in the back of the bus with Jackie Robin­son, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Cam­panella and Don New­combe, whose friend­ship with Scully ex­tends to this day.

“They didn’t trust me more than one in­ning,” Scully said, re­call­ing Bar­ber as­signed him to call the fourth. “I was ter­ri­fied.”

Even to­day, he says, “There’s a sense of com­plete re­lief when it’s over with.”

Even­tu­ally, Scully grew as com­fort­able be­hind the mic as Dodgers fans did lis­ten­ing to his dul­cet voice that has in­formed and ed­u­cated gen­er­a­tions of An­ge­lenos.

“I’m a very happy per­son. I love peo­ple,” he said.

“When I go on the air, I’m happy. The peo­ple, that’s what I will miss. The peo­ple have made me feel so much at home and I think I’ve car­ried that onto the air.”

The fans paid him back with mul­ti­ple ova­tions Fri­day night dur­ing an emo­tional pre-game cer­e­mony on his ap­pre­ci­a­tion night.

“I started to cry at the be­gin­ning,” he said. “I’ve never heard the noise that we heard. It kept build­ing and stay­ing there. There was love com­ing out of those stands.

“You’ve heard about be­ing on Mount Olym­pus. I think I was 5 feet above that.”

When Scully awakes in his own bed on Oct. 3, he’ll be un­em­ployed for the first time since 1950.

“Maybe the first thing I’ll do is take my watch off and put it in the drawer and just think I can do any­thing I want,” he said. “I’ll have break­fast, read the papers, go for a walk and get a book.”

“It won’t be painful at all,” he said, as­suredly.

Not for him, but for the rest of us.

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