Vin Scully named top baseball broadcaster

Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was named as baseball's all-time best announcer in the recently-released book "Voices of Summer," by Curt Smith. Jaime Jarrin, who is also in the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was the highest-ranked Spanish-language broadcaster and rated 28th overall.

The Dodgers had a total of 11 current or former broadcasters ranked in the Top 101, including Ernie Harwell (3rd), Red Barber (5th), Ross Porter (61st), Don Drysdale (63rd), Al Helfer (69th), Jerry Doggett (88th) and Connie Desmond (90th). Former Dodger Pee Wee Reese, who never broadcasted for the club but announced games for CBS and NBC's Game of the Week from 1960-68 after a 16-year big league career with the Dodgers, ranked 86th. New Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner, in his fourth full season of broadcasting Major League Baseball following a 14-year career as a commentator, anchor, and reporter for ESPN, was saluted by the author as one of four who nearly cracked the list.

The book ranked baseball's all-time greatest 101 announcers by "longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice knowledge and miscellany." Each criterion was rated from 1-10, with the perfect score being 100. Scully was the only broadcaster to reach that number.

Scully, who was also voted as the "Sportscaster of the 20th Century," by more than 500 national members of the American Sportscasters Association in 2000, is in his 56th season as "Voice of the Dodgers." His tenure of consecutive service is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team and he has been named the country's Outstanding Sportscaster four times and California Sportscaster of the Year 24 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in his honor.

Jarrin, who is in his 47th season broadcasting Dodger baseball, joined the club's broadcasting team in 1959 and quickly became one of the most recognizable Spanish-language baseball broadcasters in the world. In 1998, he became just the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Buck Canal. Most recently, Jarrin was honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters with the foreign-language broadcaster of the year award for 2004.

The Dodger franchise ranked seventh with a total of 11 current or former broadcasters on the list.