Keith Olbermann, writing for GQ, has the best appraisal of the retiring Vin Scully I’ve seen:
It is mind-bending to consider that he has not just been on 22
of the 94 annual radio and television World Series broadcasts
ever, but been alive for 87 of them. It is goose-bumpy to
recognize that the season he began broadcasting major league
games, Connie Mack was still the manager of the Philadelphia
Athletics (Mack had become A’s manager in 1901 and we’ve just
passed the 130th anniversary of Mack’s debut as a major league
catcher). And it almost requires the language of Light Years to
realize that if you start a new job the day after his last
scheduled regular-season Dodger broadcast and you stay in that gig
as long as Scully has in his, you will not be leaving your new
position until Sunday, September 26, 2083.
You will also have to be almost flawless at that job over these
next 67 years. Lost in the pilgrimages and the longevity is the
reality that unlike almost every other great broadcaster in any
field and of any time, there is not only no long list of
Scullyian Gaffes, there is almost no list. Amid the Kirk Gibson
call, and the Bill Buckner call, and the Hank Aaron call, and the
Larsen Perfect Game call, and the Koufax perfect game call —
there just aren’t many mistakes.
I’ve been watching as many of his calls for the Dodgers down the stretch as I can. At 88 years old he’s still the best there is.