Last Call For Vinny…From The Gridiron

Leading Off… R.I.P. Glen Frye

Vin _Frey.jpgVin Scully with Glen Frey, June 1985 (Jason Foster, Sporting News)

Glen Frey, one of the founding members of The Eagles, passed away this past Monday at the age of 67. At one time, Frey aspired to be a baseball announcer, even announcing alongside our very own Vin Scully during a game against the Houston Astros in 1985, announcing a 2 run home run by Pedro Guerrero. The shot called by Frey was part of a historic month for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero would set a franchise record for home runs hit in a single month, belting 15 for the month of June.

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

 

As we get closer toward the Super Bowl, that just means we are that much closer to baseball. (YES !). Before the Super Bowl, we have the conference championships. If this past weekends games are any indication, the conference title games should be just as exciting. The AFC features two longtime heavyweights as the New England Patriots will take on the Denver Broncos in Denver, while the NFC game will pit the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers.

Vin_Booth (Photo, Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

By now, many of you are aware that this upcoming season will be Vin Scully’s final season in the booth calling Dodger baseball. This season will be Vin Scully’s 67th season as our beloved storyteller. While many are aware of his work with the Dodgers, many may even remember him being during NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week, Vin Scully also called NFL games as well for CBS Sports from 1975-1982, at one time teaming up with John Madden. What many of us didn’t know, and probably many still don’t know, is that Vin was approached to be the original play-by-play man for ABC’S Monday Night Football

Vin_MaddenVin Scully and John Madden, @VinScullyTweet . Just imagine…

Last Call for Vin…

The_Catch,_Dwight_Clark,_S.F,_Ca._1981“Montana … looking … looking … throwing in the end zone … Clark caught it! Dwight Clark! [Crowd noise … 29 seconds] It’s a madhouse at Candlestick.”‘ Vin Scully

The 1981 NFL season would be Vin Scully’s final season calling games for CBS. CBS had decided that Pat Summerall worked better with John Madden thus making them the networks top announcing team for their Sunday lineup. Before leaving CBS, one of football’s more memorable moments took place during the 1981 NFC Championship was called by none other than the man himself. No one knew it at the time, but as Vin Scully would call his final NFL game ever, he would be calling the Death of a Dynasty, and The Birth of a New One, simply known to 49ERS fans as, The Catch

Now I know I am NOT the only Dodger fan out there who is also part of the Niner Faithful. Here’s the full game. You Dodgers/Cowboys fans are certainly more than welcome to watch as well…

We can all hope that this season will bring every Dodger Blue Blooded fan yet another memorable finish for our favorite storyteller. 

9th Inning… You Belong to the City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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