The voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, has just announced his intention to return to the broadcast booth next year for his 63rd season with the organization. In a year of turmoil for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Scully remains the calm within the tempest, solidly performing his duties at the age of 83.
Vin has called some historical games, enhancing the events instead of detracting. He was there for perfect games like Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, as well as Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965. Scully has called historical home runs like Hank Aaron’s record breaking 715th homerun off Dodger pitcher Al Downing and Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit home run in the 1988 World Series. He has also voiced iconic moments like Rick Monday grabbing an American Flag from two protesters who were trying to burn it and Bill Buckner’s fielding error off a Mookie Wilson ground ball that gave the New York Mets the win in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Scully has been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford Frick Award. The Television Academy has presented him a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award. He has been inducted into the American Sportscasters Association (ASA) and the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
What is lacking from Vin Scully’s long list of achievements and accolades is a prominent appearance on cardboard. There are only 7 Vin Scully cards, most of them obscure local releases and only 2 national releases. One was a shared card with Steve Garvey on 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game, Announcing Greats #2 and one was just a cut auto, 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts, Cut Signatures #PCVS which produced a limited run of only 3 cards.
It is time for Vin Scully to have his own, individual, nationally released baseball card.