Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was hospitalized on Tuesday after a fall. Here’s to wishing him a quick recovery.
Any list of all-time great MLB announcers has to include Vin Scully at or near the top of the list. Scully is one of America’s most beloved baseball figures, known for his talent for calling games, knowledge of baseball, and wonderful personality. He called Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers games for 67 years, retiring in 2016, and also called baseball games for NBC back in the 1980s.
Now 92 years old, Scully remains a national treasure. That’s why it was sad to hear that Scully was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering a fall at his home. Thankfully, he is “resting comfortably” and it sounds like he will recover. Scully handled the situation with his usual sharp wit, joking, “I won’t be doing anymore headfirst sliding, I never liked it.”
As many of us have been, Scully appears to have been quarantined in his home and is eagerly awaiting the return of baseball. In a recent video message posted on the Dodgers’ Twitter account, Scully said, “Most of you are home, just as I am, waiting, hopefully, for Opening Day. I trust all is well. I hope you are far and away from any sickness, and I miss you.”
Besides being incredibly talented, Scully is known for handling himself with lots of class. As a Chicago Cubs fan, one of my favorite examples of this occurred in 1998, as many celebrities were leading the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field following the death of Harry Caray. Scully led the stretch during one game that year, praising Caray and saying to root for the “Cubbies” even though he was a Dodgers announcer.
Scully has had a tremendous impact on the game of baseball for a long time, and I’m sure he will continue to do so. Here’s hoping that he has a full and speedy recovery from his fall.