Vin Scully gave us more than just Dodger games, of course. His indispensable Farmer John endorsements, his work in other sports and entertainment — it was all part of the Vin Scully Experience. Read more from Mark Langill and Cary Osborne below, via our Dodger Insider tribute to Vin Scully.
— Jon Weisman
Jon, as Vin likes to say, marvelous. A couple of things.
One, I don’t remember Continental as a Dodger sponsor–it did sponsor the Angels. Was it ever on our broadcasts?
Two, the best event promotion Vin and Jerry ever did was for a wiffle bat day. In the ad, they ended up hitting each other with the bats. And you all might have thrown in that when David Duchovny left “The X-Files,” the agent who teamed with Scully was named “John Doggett.” I was writing for a now-defunct publication in Las Vegas, where Jerry’s daughter lived, and I was able to interview her briefly, and she said that when the news came out Vin called her about it.
About Vin’s non-baseball career, he also did a little bit of tennis on CBS and one of those “trashsports” shows, “Challenge of the Sexes.” As for football, Lon Simmons told the story that there was a charity game one time where he and Russ Hodges did a half at the time they were doing the 49ers, and Vin and Jerry did a half. Neither of them had done football for a while, and Lon said Vin sounded like he’d done the game forever. It figures.
And a beautiful ceremony last night. Vin lost it a couple of times, and that’s unusual.