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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Scully, Lasorda Nab More Awards

Vin Scully has yet another trophy for his overstuffed mantlepiece, this time a lifetime achievement award at the 57th annual Golden Mike Awards, given out by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California to recognize excellence in broadcast journalism.

Listening to the audiobook Bums, which describes his early career, it's amazing just how much fury accompanied his transition from Red Barber. Barber's summary firing by Walter O'Malley, presumably to save money, was one of a number of actions that got O'Malley in trouble with the declining number of Brooklyn fans toward the end of the team's stay in that borough.

Also: Tommy Lasorda is to be inducted into the Southern California Sports Hall of Fame.

"It is a great honor to be inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame," said Lasorda. "To have my name mentioned in the same class as the other inductees is particularly gratifying, and I am thrilled with this outstanding honor."

Lasorda will be inducted along with Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Eric Dickerson, Rafer Johnson, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Tom Flores, Marcus Allen, Reggie Jackson, Deacon Jones, Elgin Baylor, Chick Hearn, Bill Walsh, Jackie Robinson, Bob Mathias, Wilt Chamberlain, John Wooden, Kellen Winslow, Magic Johnson and Jim Plunkett.


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