Scully to Continue, How Lucky We Are

Vince Scully will stay in the broadcast booth a little longer, and how lucky we are. The greatest baseball broadcaster and perhaps the greatest sports announcer of all time, now 79, and a year older than Tommy Lasorda, will remain with the Dodgers - and what a joy.

Both Scully and Lasorda have been with the Dodgers for over half a century - but there the comparison ends. For those who admire and respect true greatness, there is Vince Scully. For those who admire and respect the showman and huckster P.T. Barnum, there is the ubiquitous and never silent Tommy.

Scully is, was and will be the height of elegance, a poet before the mike, the Shakespeare of his craft and as for the ebullient and loquacious Tommy, well we once described him, we think aptly, as the Dodgers' Falstaff.

One of the great voices of all time was the actor Alexander Scourby, who once and forever hit the grand slam of all time when he narrated the Bible - and what a work of art it was and is.

Yet we make no apologies for putting Scourby and Scully in the same class. In sports, there is Vince Scully and then there is all the rest.

For a time, Vince Scully was the voice of the Masters Tournament in golf, and although it was not a long run, he set a standard for elegance in golf description that has yet to be matched.

When we think of Vince Scully's voice and his elegance, we think of the actor Laurence Olivier, of the tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Now, for two more years, we can hear Vince Scully. It is worth it for a Florida resident to pay for the MLB subscription and the extra cost for the Fox West package - one of the few if any bargains in baseball.

Listening to Vince Scully makes all the other broadcasters as well as Dodgers spokesmen sound like rap singers.

Vince Scully hits all the bases, never failing to spot a sleeping kid in the stands, always remembering to see a "family" enjoying a clean sport, unfailingly able to see human nature in a boy's sport, routinely willing to let the sounds of the game tell the story.

Vince Scully has yet to let the clock diminish his enthusiasm, his love of the game so poetically and regularly expressed.

After more than 50 years, he has yet to succumb to cliches, the easy way. His game preparation remains first class.

The political guru Karl Rove has never planned his winning game in the same consistent manner.

With all due deference to Jackie Robinson, Tommy Lasorda and the O'Malley family, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella and others, Vince Scully is the lasting image of Dodgers baseball if not his entire sport.

Music has changed over the last century, not for the better. The entertainment game has increasingly descended into salaciousness if not anarchy. Civility in politics if not in life has vanished.

And then there is Vince Scully.

Greatness is something too easily awarded but not in the case of Vince Scully. Vince Scully only makes cameo appearances at Dodgertown in Vero Beach these days. His limited schedule doesn't take him on road trips east of Denver. But it's okay because the thought of no Vince Scully at all is too tremulous to contemplate.

When Tommy Lasorda hangs em up, we will join with everybody else in admiring the great run that he had. When Vince Scully's voice is no more, the feelings will run much deeper and sadder.

We don't think of Vince Scully as an announcer or broadcaster but as a true artist. God gifted Vince Scully with a great gift and he has used it and continues to use it so very well. In a world of wasted talent, it is a joy to see talent nurtured and grown to greatness. Oh, how lucky we are.