“Forgotten Hollywood”- Vin Scully Might Get His Own Street…

Posted on January 28, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Los Angeles City Council member Gil Cedillo has just introduced a motion that would rename a short stretch of Elysian Park Avenue to honor Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. The two blocks from Sunset Boulevard to Stadium Way lead to Dodger Stadium. If approved, they would be renamed Vin Scully Avenue.

VinScullyPstcd_sm   Scully (right) has been with the Dodgers since their Brooklyn days. His 66 seasons with the team is the longest any broadcaster has been with one outfit in professional sports history. During his career, he has called three perfect games and eighteen no hitters. He described the record breaking homers hit by Hank Aaron, and later, Barry Bonds; and also broadcast the shot heard round the world in 1951 that sent the New York Giants into the World Series. In fact, Vin has been at the helm behind his microphone than many of the fans have been alive, an amazing accomplishment. Council member Cedillo recognized Scully’s longevity in his motion this week.

    Scully received the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Thirteen years later, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. On September 5th, 2014, Bud Selig presented him with the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award. He was the 14th recipient, and (after Rachel Robinson) second non-player to receive the award, which was created to recognize accomplishments and contributions of historical significance to the game of baseball. Since 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium has been named for Scully.

   The time might be right for this latest tribute, since it may be Scully’s last year of broadcasting. If the motion is approved by the rest of the City Council, the city’s engineer will begin the process of changing the name of the street. A similar idea was suggested by the mayor a few years back. In the past, Scully has said he would prefer that a street be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles, or his son Peter. Expected to show their support: former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, former baseball stars Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills, and Eric Karros, new Dodger manager Dave Roberts, and 17 active players, including pitcher Clayton Kershaw and outfielder Yasiel Puig

   Here’s hoping that the City Council has the gumption to pass this appropriate resolution.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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