Sunday, February 27, 2005
A Love Offering: Vin Scully Calls The Koufax Perfect Game
I enjoy your blog and the comments you make on Jon's site. I have a tape of the one and only Vin Scully that I think you would enjoy. Actually I should change "think" to "know," given your comment about Vin today on Dodger Thoughts. If you send me your address I will get the tape in the mail to you. I won't spoil the thrill of discovery by telling you in advance what is on the tape. No fair asking Jon what you will be getting, but I sent a similiar tape to him about a month ago. Feel free to contact him if you have any question whether I am legit.A quick e-mail to Jon -- who had already received his -- suggested that the tape was in fact legit, and very interesting. Jon wrote back that he wanted to write about it "as soon as I can", but I suspect the duties of fatherhood have distracted him, and so some of the responsibility falls upon my shoulders. Allow me to say this: while I will leave to Jon's superior artistic abilities the description of the many rubies and emeralds on this tape, I can only hope you appreciate this love offering, this diamond, as much as I did: Vin Scully calls the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax's perfect game. As a little extra treat, at the end, an interview with Vin about why he called the ninth the way he did. (Any audio artifacts are a side-effect of removing tape hiss, distortion, and other related problems.)
Stan: thank you so much. And for everyone else: well, get it while you can before Lon Rosen makes me pull it down.
What many readers might not realize is that in the 1960s, we didn't have radios with "line out" connections and tape recorders with "line in" jacks. This obviously (to me at least) was recorded with the radio speaker set right next to the microphone of the tape recorder. But, the diminished audio quality is perfect for me, since I used to listen to games on LA station KFI all the way up in Fresno, where the reception was not always the best.
I could write several pages about the impact Vin Scully had on his industry. Suffice it to say for now that he was about the ONLY baseball announcer of his day who would discuss the fact that a no hitter was being pitched (or in this case a perfect game). The rest of the herd clung to the old superstition that it was never mentioned until it was over.
from a Dodger, Koufax, Vin fan, now in Colorado
Snowcone seller 1962.