Vin Scully will be forever remembered as the greatest voice in the history of baseball, and perhaps in all of sports. While his depth of baseball knowledge and seamless delivery in the booth was unrivaled, it was Scully’s integrity, grace and wit that won the hearts of baseball fans across the nation, for generations. Through his unwavering example, Scully taught us invaluable life lessons that went beyond the ballpark. To celebrate his legendary life and career, revisit three of Scully’s teachings that we, on the SBP team, will keep with us forever.
1. Stay Humble
Perhaps more than anything else, fans remember Vin Scully’s humility. Scully knew when to listen and when to speak. He treated others with respect. No matter how famous he became, his dedication to being his best – showing up early, working hard, being kind – never wavered. In a past interview, Scully quoted actor Lawrence Olivier when asked the secret to his success: “Have the humility to prepare and the confidence to pull it off.”
He was a class act in every regard, until his last day. There is no other person in my mind that was a finer example of the best of Los Angeles. – Trevor Edmond
Growing up going to Dodgers games, Vin Scully was the official voice and soul of the team. He gave a few shoutouts to my family over the years – memories I will cherish forever! – Andres Vargas
You can make an argument that Vin Scully is the most important person in the history of Los Angeles sports. His voice was the backdrop of so many incredible moments — Kirk Gibson’s home run, the arrival of Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax’s final no-hitter. He was beloved as a broadcaster and a gentleman. – Nate Stadler
2. Do Your Homework
Speaking of preparation, that was something Scully mastered – all the way up until his final 67th season. The importance of “doing your homework” was learned from mentor, Red Barber. In an interview with the Hall of Fame, Scully noted, “It wasn’t so much that he taught me how to broadcast. It was an attitude. Get to the park early. Do your homework. Be prepared. Be accurate.”
I only have the fondest memories of him calling each game. He spent 67 seasons doing what he loves and being the best at it – well into his 80s. I have so much respect for this man. –Trevor Edmond
As a former New Yorker, I was never caught rooting for the Dodgers – but Vin Scully was an icon. – Robert Morton
3. Be Yourself
Joe Davis, the sportscaster who inherited Vin Scully’s role, revealed that the advice Vin Scully once shared with him was the same advice Red Barber shared with Scully back in 1950: Be yourself. In a city of media personalities, Vin Scully never failed to show up as Vin Scully. He was the voice of summer, the voice of the Dodgers and, most memorably, the voice of a friend.