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Dodgers fans vote on Scully’s top calls

Bill Plaschke discusses the magic of Vin Scully’s words and silence after Kirk Gibson hit a home run in the World Series.

The Dodgers asked their fans to vote on Vin Scully’s top calls over the years. Here are the results:

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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!”

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No. 19 (July 22, 2009): Manny Ramirez’s pinch-hit bobbleslam.

 “That’s even more Hollywood than Hollywood! Yeah, you’re right. It’s Mannywood.”

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No. 18: (June 4, 2013): Yasiel Puig hits his second homer — and it’s a slam.

“A high fly ball into deep right field … I don’t believe it! A grand-slam home run!”

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No. 17 (Oct. 3, 1993): Mike Piazza’s two homers knock Giants out of playoffs.

“Miracle upon miracles — he’s hit another one!”

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No. 16 (May 31, 1968): Don Drysdale’s scoreless streak stays alive.

“Hold everything — and the Giants are all over the plate umpire!”

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No. 15 (Sept. 18, 2006): Four homers in ninth and one in 10th win the 4+1 Game.

“Believe it or not, four consecutive home runs — and the Dodgers have tied it up again!”

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No. 14 (Sept. 17, 1996): Nomo No-No at Coors Field.

“And now one precious strike away … got him! Hideo Nomo did what they said could not be done!”

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No. 13 (Sept. 11, 1983): R.J. Reynolds’ squeeze caps four-run comeback in ninth.

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“The squeeze! And here comes the run! He squeezed it in!

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No. 12 (April 9, 1981): Fernandomania arrives.

“Listen to this crowd — most of the folks on the feet now. Valenzuela delivers — screwball, got him swinging! What a way to start. Fernando Valenzuela, in his first big league start, pitches a shutout. And a little child shall lead them.”

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No. 11 (Oct. 12, 1974): Joe Ferguson’s stunning World Series throw.

“Ferguson took it with the better arm! The throw … they got him! Oh, what a play!”

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No. 10 (June 18, 2014): Clayton Kershaw no-hits the Rockies.

“Got him. He’s done it. … Clayton Kershaw pitches a no-hitter with a career-high 15 strikeouts.”

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No. 9 (Sept. 29, 1959): Dodgers clinch first pennant in Los Angeles.

“There’s a high bouncer over the mound, over second base, Mantilla’s up with it, throws low and wild! Hodges scores … we go to Chicago!”

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No. 8 (April 25, 1976): Rick Monday rescues the American flag.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing out there. It looks like he’s gonna burn a flag — and Rick Monday runs to take it away from him!”

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No. 7 (Oct. 8, 1956): Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game.

“Got him. The greatest game ever pitched in baseball history by Don Larsen.”

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No. 6 (May 7, 1959): Roy Campanella Night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Right now at the Coliseum, all of the lights will be turned out … 93,000 people are asked in silent tribute to light a match to Roy Campenella.”

Vin Scully called Sandy Koufax’s perfect game and Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke thinks the call was also perfect.

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No. 5 (June 29, 1990): Fernando Valenzuela’s no-hitter.

“If you have a sombrero, throw it to the sky.”

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No. 4 (Sept. 17, 2001): Dodgers’ first game after 9/11.

“The President of the United States has said it is time to go back to work. And so, despite a heavy heart, baseball gets up out of the dirt, brushes itself off and will follow his command, hoping in some small way to inspire the nation to do the same.”

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No. 3 (April 8, 1974): Henry Aaron’s 715th career home run.

“What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.”

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No. 2 (Sept. 9, 1965): Sandy Koufax’s perfect game.

“Two and two to Harvey Kuenn. One strike away. Sandy into his windup. Here’s the pitch … swung on and missed! A perfect game!”

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No. 1 (Oct. 15, 1988): Kirk Gibson’s World Series Game 1 walk-off.

“High fly ball into right field. She is gone! … In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened!”

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