Tuesday was a sad day for baseball, America, and more specifically, people who grew up in California. For those of my generation who were raised in California, Vin Scully’s voice is woven into our childhood memories. I fondly recall listening to the sound of his voice calling Dodger games on my transistor radio when I was supposed to be asleep in bed.
I also remember people bringing their transistor radios to Dodger Stadium so they could listen to Vin call the game while they were actually sitting in the stadium. It was remarkable to watch the game and hear his voice echoing in the stadium.
Cases 4 Causes Podcast: Listen to Bob Vaage on the Cases 4 Causes Podcast as he talks about his memories of the late Dodger announcer Vin Scully.
I want to highlight some of the good things that we get out of social media. I know many of our listeners are aware that legendary broadcaster Vin Scully passed away recently and your firm posted on social media about his passing. Can you talk a little bit about what he meant to you personally and why you felt it was important to help celebrate his life?
Sure. I would start obviously by saying my experience was not unique, but having grown up in the Los Angeles area in the sixties and seventies, Vince Scully was kind of the voice of Southern California. You know, a lot of kids my age were listening to him in bed on our transistor radio with our ear plug in listening to Dodger games when we were supposed to be asleep. And the other thing that was unique is you go to the ballpark Dodger Stadium, and even though people are watching the game, everybody's got their transistor radio. So the sound of his voice is reverberating in the ballpark. And I think a lot of people, he had that ability to make you feel like he was part of your family. And it was to the day he retired, I always would tell my wife just to turn on a Dodger game and hear the sound of his voice was relaxing and comforting to me.
And, you know, a couple of other things when he passed, I mean, letters were written, people were posting memorials and a lot of people had the same feeling about him. There were people who, you know, writing in who said they learned how to speak English by listening to his voice. And people who Spanish was a first language were proud to say, they'd gone from listening to Jaimi Hadeen, the Spanish language broadcaster to listening to him. You know, he just had that gentle quality, that kind of, his voice kind of got woven into the fabric of people's lives. You know, the guy was really one of a kind. And he was also, you know, obviously scrupulously honest. I mean like a lot, unlike a lot of broadcasters now who are, are really homers when he saw a problem with something the Dodgers did, he would say so, you know, just like you would expect a family member to. So I think that's probably a pretty good synopsis of him and I just talking about him. I can hear the sound of his voice in the back of my head.
So that's really good stuff. I have similar memories growing up in Chicago of Harry Carey. Now, little different personality than Vin but that same kind of, you associate childhood memories and, and being part of the family, you know, whether it's afternoon baseball after school, or you know, in, in your case night games in Chavez Ravine. Bob, I really wanna thank you today for joining us. It was great to talk to you and get some insight into medical malpractice litigation and how you do things at Vaage Law.
Thank you very much for having me.
I had the opportunity to meet Vin as an adult. He did not disappoint. He was a very humble gentleman, and extremely kind and considerate. I told him what I’m sure he had heard thousands of times from people of my age raised in California: that the sound of his voice brought back fond childhood memories, and even as an adult, automatically relaxed me and made me feel better.
There are many, many moments of calls that he made during games that are memorable. Probably his greatest legacy is the huge number of lives he touched without ever meeting them in person.
A very pleasant good evening to you, Vin, wherever you may be.