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29th November
2011
written by Sean Noble

I bleed Dodger Blue.  (For an explanation, see this blog post from nearly three years ago).

As a kid growing up in rural Arizona, the only baseball you could listen to on the radio was Vin Scully calling Dodger games.

Today Vin Scully turns 84 and next spring will start his 63rd year as a Dodger broadcaster – the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history.

Vin grew up in New York City and called his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, then moved with the team to Los Angeles in 1958.

Vin called the Brooklyn Dodger’s World Series win in 1955, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974 among other very memorable moments.

But his most memorable call wasn’t really about baseball – it was about the flag.  In 1976, two protestors ran on the field and attempted to burn an American Flag – until Cubs outfielder (and later a Dodger) Rick Monday ran to them and grabbed the flag.

It’s a great moment – you can see it here.

Vin, your voice has brought to my ears the incredible joy of victory and the agony of defeat.  But I will never tire of listening to you.

Monday Saves the Flag

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