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Muhammad Ali stared down curiously from the boxing ring at the famed Main Street Gym in downtown Los Angeles, asking the man with the device pressed to his ear, “What you got there?” It was April 1962, only a few days after the opening of Dodger Stadium and just a few days before Ali was to stage...

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  • What Vin Scully means to me

    What Vin Scully means to me

    Dodgers Dugout newsletter writer Houston Mitchell got hundreds of responses after he asked readers to send in stories about what Vin Scully means to them. Here are some of the best: Help with a report about Jackie Robinson The grandson of Vin Scully attended the same elementary school as my children. ...

  • Timeline of Vin Scully's life/career, for 9/25

    Timeline of Vin Scully's life/career, for 9/25

    Nov. 29, 1927: Vin Scully is born in the Bronx. 1949: Scully begins his professional broadcasting career as a fill-in announcer for WTOP in Washington, D.C. Nov. 12 , 1949: With all the more experienced announcers sick or occupied, Scully does play-by-play for the Maryland-Boston University football...

  • How Vin Scully helped me learn English and kept my Mexican American family together

    How Vin Scully helped me learn English and kept my Mexican American family together

    When your parents are immigrants, you generally grow up speaking their language, be it Cantonese or Mandarin, Korean, Armenian or Spanish. You close your eyes, drift into slumber, and that language carries you into your dreams. But there comes a point where one door closes and another opens. You...

  • 'The best that ever will be': Sports broadcasters reminisce about legendary play-by-play man Vin Scully

    'The best that ever will be': Sports broadcasters reminisce about legendary play-by-play man Vin Scully

    Al Michaels graduated from Los Angeles Hamilton High in 1962 and majored in radio and television at Arizona State, but the lessons that best prepared him for a five-decade career in sports broadcasting began when he was 6 years old in New York City. That was in 1950, when the Brooklyn Dodgers hired...

  • 1950: Our world when Scully started with Dodgers

    1950: Our world when Scully started with Dodgers

    What the world was like in 1950, when Vin Scully began his Dodgers career: President: Harry Truman. World Series champion: New York Yankees. NL MVP: Jim Konstanty, Philadephia. AL MVP: Phil Rizzuto, New York. Notable rookies in 1950: Joe Adcock, Gus Bell, Whitey Ford, Vern Law. Ballplayers born...

  • Vin Scully's support team is thankful for the memories of working with a master

    Vin Scully's support team is thankful for the memories of working with a master

    Listen to Vin Scully tell a story over the radio or television and it’s as if he is talking directly to you. More likely, the person he was actually speaking to was Brian Hagan, a 56-year-old statistician who sits in the second row of the television broadcast booth. When Scully shares an anecdote,...

  • Dodgers fans vote on Scully's top calls

    Dodgers fans vote on Scully's top calls

    The Dodgers asked their fans to vote on Vin Scully’s top calls over the years. Here are the results: :: No. 20 (May 22, 1999): Mark McGwire homers over the roof. “Let’s see where that goes. It hit the top of the roof! Whoa!” :: No. 19 (July 22, 2009): Manny Ramirez’s pinch-hit bobbleslam.  “That’s...

  • Three calls that are arguably Vin Scully's all-time best

    Three calls that are arguably Vin Scully's all-time best

    His favorite call It’s a round number, and it’s astounding: Vin Scully has called close to 10,000 Dodgers games. To ask Scully to identify his favorite call — one call, from one of those thousands of games — would appear to be a question best suited for one of his famously diplomatic answers. How,...

  • When Scully is telling a story, it's only fair that the baseballs head foul

    When Scully is telling a story, it's only fair that the baseballs head foul

    It has been the most compelling part of every Dodgers game for the past 67 years. A batter will step out of the box to adjust his gloves. The pitcher will step down from the mound to rub the ball. The umpire will take off his mask to wipe his brow. And then, like a sprinkling of glitter  across...

  • Vin Scully is a voice for the ages

    Vin Scully is a voice for the ages

    The plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle stops at your car, the long trip is over, but everything feels a little strange until you turn on the radio and hear the voice that wraps you in a welcome. “Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may...

  • After 67 years of greatness calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man

    After 67 years of greatness calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man

    The young man bid his mother farewell. It was his first day on the job, and he had a train to catch. He was 10 months out of college, still living with his parents. The train carried him from New York to Philadelphia, and a taxi delivered him to Shibe Park. It was opening day, the third Tuesday...

  • Dodgers beat the Rockies, 14-1, but remain one game away from clinching NL West

    Dodgers beat the Rockies, 14-1, but remain one game away from clinching NL West

    Dodger Stadium’s National League scoreboard, along its right-field wall between digital and analog advertisements, is within Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts’ normal field of vision from his perch atop the home dugout.  So Roberts wasn’t saying much when he said Saturday that he would keep one eye...

  • Dodgers will skip Rich Hill's next start out of precaution

    Dodgers will skip Rich Hill's next start out of precaution

    The Dodgers will skip Rich Hill’s spot in thestarting rotation Sunday and turn to Brandon McCarthy instead. Hill, the 36-year-old left-hander acquired Aug. 1 from Oakland, will start Oct. 1 or 2 in San Francisco, during the season’s final series. Manager Dave Roberts had hinted for several days...

  • Scott Kazmir might be done but Dodgers near closer to clincher

    Scott Kazmir might be done but Dodgers near closer to clincher

    At 7:10 p.m. Friday night at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir hiked up his right leg, uncorked his body, and delivered a pitch to Yasmani Grandal. And then he turned around and waited, and eventually repeated the exercise. His warmup sessions, already extended earlier this season because...

  • Vin Scully enjoys his thanksgiving in September as Dodgers pay tribute

    Vin Scully enjoys his thanksgiving in September as Dodgers pay tribute

    The Dodgers rolled out the blue carpet for Vin Scully, literally. They rolled out the dignitaries too, and the videos, and even a symphony orchestra. At its heart, however, the Vin Scully tribute Friday was the world’s biggest thank-you card, come to life. The greatest broadcaster in baseball history...

  • Dodgers report: Versatile Chris Taylor added to the roster

    Dodgers report: Versatile Chris Taylor added to the roster

    Infielder Chris Taylor joined the Dodgers on Friday. Manager Dave Roberts was uncertain how he would deploy the 39th player on his roster but adamant he would find some way. “He can play anywhere,” Roberts said. Acquired from Seattle for former first-round pick Zach Lee and once a top prospect...

  • In his words: Vin Scully shares his 'Thanksgiving' with Dodger Stadium crowd

    In his words: Vin Scully shares his 'Thanksgiving' with Dodger Stadium crowd

    At exactly 7:19 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2016, Vin Scully did what he has done for 67 years: He leaned into a microphone.  Scully wore a dark-blue suit, light-blue shirt and a striped blue tie. He thanked the roaring crowd repeatedly. He stood some 40 feet in front of the Dodger Stadium mound — the same...

  • Letters: No touchdowns, but Rams make some noise

    Letters: No touchdowns, but Rams make some noise

    Congratulations to Jeff Fisher for the win Sunday, putting him at .500 this season. Unfortunately, that’s his career average and the best we can expect. He’s had only six winning seasons in 21 years as a head coach, the last with Tennessee in 2008. Stan Kroenke must know that in Southern California,...

  • Kid from Fordham's broadcasting debut left chills

    Kid from Fordham's broadcasting debut left chills

    Vin Scully showed up unprepared for an assignment once in his life — and Dodgers fans were the better for it. It was 60 years ago this November, and Scully was a 21-year-old greenhorn, recently graduated from Fordham, new to the announcing business and eager to leave his mark. The young New Yorker...

  • Dodgers and Yasmani Grandal have a grand time in Brett Anderson's return

    Dodgers and Yasmani Grandal have a grand time in Brett Anderson's return

    Because they have continually secured victories at a respectable pace throughout the season and their rival San Francisco Giants have not, the Dodgers need not worry about winning each of their remaining games. Inside their clubhouse Thursday at Dodger Stadium, their players discussed the possibility...

  • Andrew Toles could garner a spot in Dodgers' postseason starting lineup

    Andrew Toles could garner a spot in Dodgers' postseason starting lineup

    On each of the 20 occasions Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts has elected to start Andrew Toles this season, he has sent the 24-year-old outfielder a night-before text notifying him. “OK,” Toles writes back each time. To Roberts, that sense of simplicity is startling. On Tuesday, he likened Toles’ rookie...

  • Dodgers Dugout: There's no better feeling than beating the Giants (except winning a World Series)

    Dodgers Dugout: There's no better feeling than beating the Giants (except winning a World Series)

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and could you all please stop looking at Madison Bumgarner.  It's over Yes, I am saying it. The Dodgers have a six-game lead with 10 to play and will win the NL West. The best way to end the season now would be to...

  • Yasiel Puig leads Dodgers to 9-3 win over Giants

    Yasiel Puig leads Dodgers to 9-3 win over Giants

    The sign of capitulation took the form of a manager with three World Series rings this decade and an unceasing amount of angst these last three months.  In the second inning Wednesday of a 9-3 Dodgers victory, San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy lurched up his dugout steps at Dodger Stadium,...

  • One Dodgers great thinks this club has the look of '88 champions

    One Dodgers great thinks this club has the look of '88 champions

    There are 10 games remaining in the regular season and the Dodgers are closing in on their fourth consecutive division title. Normally, this is around the time Los Angeles starts to wonder if this will be the Dodgers’ year. Except this isn’t a typical September. Around the city, there is a noticeable...

  • Dodgers turn to veterans Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir in hopes of clinching division

    Dodgers turn to veterans Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir in hopes of clinching division

    After a summer spent relying upon rookie pitchers, the Dodgers will turn back to two veterans as the team tries to clinch the National League West title. Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir will return to the starting rotation this weekend against Colorado, with Anderson set for Friday and Kazmir slated...

  • Dodgers fail to capitalize early in 2-0 loss to Giants

    Dodgers fail to capitalize early in 2-0 loss to Giants

    At this juncture of September, with the Dodgers close enough to touch a fourth consecutive division title, a result like Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to San Francisco neither creates panic nor evokes comfort. There is little reason for the Dodgers to fret about the immediate future. The team still holds...

  • Dodgers rotation for the playoffs isn’t easy to set

    Dodgers rotation for the playoffs isn’t easy to set

    On the morning of Game 4 of a 2013 National League division series, up two games to one against Atlanta, the Dodgers maintained that trade-deadline rental Ricky Nolasco would be their starting pitcher. After noon, they announced they’d deploy their ace on short rest instead, and Clayton Kershaw...

  • Dodgers designate Bud Norris to make room for Alex Wood

    Dodgers designate Bud Norris to make room for Alex Wood

    As part of the roster move necessary for activating pitcher Alex Wood from the disabled list, the Dodgers designated pitcher Bud Norris for assignment before Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Wood will audition for a spot on the postseason roster as a reliever. He has not pitched...

  • Pop culture: Scully's voice, name are everywhere

    Pop culture: Scully's voice, name are everywhere

    Not only is Vin Scully beloved by most Dodgers fans, he was the voice many producers and directors of television shows and movies listened to while growing up. As a result, many references to Scully, or Scully himself, have popped up over the years in pop culture. A few: ►”X-Files” creator Chris...

  • Blind Dodgers fan relies on Vin Scully's narration and the roar of the crowd

    Blind Dodgers fan relies on Vin Scully's narration and the roar of the crowd

    Vinny, vidi, vici. Scully saw, Scully conquered. He charmed us. He was sunny even in sad times. No wonder he wound up here. Thanks to Vin Scully, Phil Wojdak’s Dodgers experience is equally sunny. Blind since 15, he attends games as much of L.A. once did, with a transistor radio in his pocket,...

  • How a stare from Yasiel Puig inadvertently led to a stirring Dodgers comeback

    How a stare from Yasiel Puig inadvertently led to a stirring Dodgers comeback

    The eyes of Yasiel Puig sparked it all, inspiring the fracas that ended an ace’s bid for a shutout, opened the door for a ninth-inning comeback and handed the Dodgers a stranglehold on the National League West after a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday night. The comeback came in the bottom...

  • Clayton Kershaw is completely efficient, but he isn’t completely Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw is completely efficient, but he isn’t completely Kershaw

    Cheers were huge, but only after breaths were held.  There was the usual worship, but also an unfamiliar worry. The pitcher with all the answers returned to the Dodger Stadium mound Monday night bearing the occasional unsettling question. What happened on that curve in the dirt? Why is that slider...

  • Dodgers delay activating Alex Wood because of roster issues

    Dodgers delay activating Alex Wood because of roster issues

    The Dodgers chose to delay the addition of left-handed pitcher Alex Wood by a day as the organization sorts through its 40-man roster to find space for him. Over the weekend, Manager Dave Roberts indicated the team intended to activate Wood for Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Unable...

  • Dodgers fans have just a few more days to enjoy Vin Scully as announcer

    Dodgers fans have just a few more days to enjoy Vin Scully as announcer

    The final days of Vin Scully’s career are upon us. On Monday, he is set to call the first game of his last Dodgers-Giants series at Dodger Stadium. He will call it a career in San Francisco on Oct. 2, one last Dodgers-Giants game for Scully. The Giants plan to honor Scully with a brief tribute...

  • Dodgers Dugout: The race to the division title begins tonight

    Dodgers Dugout: The race to the division title begins tonight

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. Let's hope the Dodgers are not like Maggie Smith and actually show up for the last two weeks of the season. On your mark... The race to the division title begins tonight, so don't get too disappointed by the loss...

  • With its best bullpen arms unavailable, Dodgers blow lead in extra-inning loss

    With its best bullpen arms unavailable, Dodgers blow lead in extra-inning loss

    The schedule compressed upon the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon. On the final day of a 10-game trip, with a crucial series against San Francisco set to start on Monday, Manager Dave Roberts could not use the most talented members of his bullpen in a 10-9 loss in 12 innings to Arizona. The defeat arose,...

  • Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal gets second day off with sore elbow

    Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal gets second day off with sore elbow

    Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal sat out for the second game in a row on Sunday as he dealt with soreness in his right elbow. Manager Dave Roberts said he expected Grandal to be ready to catch Clayton Kershaw on Monday against San Francisco. With Grandal on the bench, Roberts put rookie Austin Barnes...

  • Joc Pederson feels the power in Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks

    Joc Pederson feels the power in Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks

    The television in the visiting manager’s office at Chase Field showed the final inning of Saturday’s second-most important game for Dave Roberts.  As San Francisco attempted to close out St. Louis, Roberts kept his eyes pinned on the reporters surrounding him as he discussed a 6-2 Dodgers victory...

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is dealing with wrist stiffness as playoffs approach

    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is dealing with wrist stiffness as playoffs approach

    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen wore a brace on his right hand after recording his 45th save of 2016 on Friday night, and he sported the brace again a day later when he arrived at Chase Field. Jansen has been dealing with stiffness in his wrist in recent weeks, though both the player and Manager Dave...

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