In 1950, America was a very different place. Harry Truman was our president, the baby boom was in its early stages, and baseball was the most popular sport. Back in '50, Vin Scully was a bright new face in the baseball announcing industry, eager to make a name for himself high above the rickety diamond of Ebbets Field.
66 years later, everything has changed, but one facet of baseball lore has stayed remarkably, incredibly stagnant. Scully is retiring from broadcasting at the end of the Los Angeles Dodgers' three-game series with the San Francisco Giants. Scully has spent the last 66 years doing play-by-play duties for the Dodgers, sticking with them through the magic of 1955, the move of 1957, the tough times of the 60s and 70s, random spurts of success of the 80s and 90s, and the stars of the 21st century that are working to bring a World Series title to L.A. for the first time since 1988, when Gibson bashed and hobbled and Scully let loose a call that still reverberates through Chavez Ravine, almost 30 years later.
Mr. Scully, your commitment to your work is utterly remarkable, and the selfless nature in which you go at your profession is an inspiration to us all. We'll miss you, and best of luck in retirement!
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