Vin Scully was just chosen as the top sportscaster of all-time by the American Sportscasters Association. Their list of the Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time was recently released by that organization with very little fanfare. It’s a good argument starter with baseball announcers Mel Allen, Red Barber and Curt Gowdy joining Vin in the top 4 spots (with Howard Cosell as number 5).
Vin was also featured in the L.A. Times today looking back at the TV broadcast of Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series perfect game. MLB Network recently showed the game and Vin saw a DVD copy.
Vin critiques the work of his then 28 year-old self, as well as the visual presentation of that game on TV. He points out that he was ‘defensive’ announcer, afraid of making mistakes. Vin did the play-by-play of the final half of the game with Mel Allen taking the first half.
“In this day and age,” Vin says in Diane Pucin’s article, “I would have started in the seventh inning. ‘Hey, call your friends, this guy is pitching a perfect game.’ That’s a major part of reporting the game now, getting other people to share in the experience. But in those days it was not done. It was a baseball superstition. You didn’t speak of a perfect game.
“I followed Mel’s lead. He started to count the outs, he handed the baton to me, I picked that up.”