Pop culture: Scully’s voice, name are everywhere

Vin Scully
Vin Scully looks at a Sandy Koufax bobblehead doll while in the broadcast booth on Aug. 7, 2012.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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 Carter is a big fan of Scully and named one of the main characters, Dana Scully, after Vin.

►In the season six “X-Files” episode “The Unnatural,” Scully’s voice is heard in the background calling a game.

►His narration plays an important part in the movie “For Love of the Game." Kevin Costner asked that Scully be hired as the play-by-play announcer. Director Sam Raimi let Scully come up with most of his own dialogue and listened to his advice on one key scene: “I said to Sam after he showed me the game — not the movie, just the game — ‘Sam, for 99.9% of the time, you’re right on the money. But you couldn’t resist going Hollywood. The last play to preserve this whole thing, it could have happened, but it’s a stretch. I would hate to see you do a stretch when it’s so good up to here.’ Well, they re-shot the scene.”


►Dennis Conroy, the announcer of the Springfield Isotopes on “The Simpsons” is based in part on Scully. Harry Shearer provides Conroy’s voice.

►If you played the MLB series of video games on Sony Playstation in the early 2000s, then you were able to hear Scully announce the action.

►Scully can be heard calling baseball games in the films “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Wake Me When It’s Over,” “Experiment in Terror,” “Fireball 500,” “Zebra in the Kitchen,” “The Party,” “Game 6,” “The Bucket List,” and many others.

►Scully can be heard calling games on the TV shows “General Electric Theater,” “Alcoa Premiere,” “Mister Ed,” “The Joey Bishop Show,” “The Fugitive,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Brooklyn Bridge.”


►Television and film writer Ken Levine is a big Dodgers fan. He was a main writer on season seven of “MASH” and named several characters after Dodgers players. In the final episode of the season, the character of Sgt. Scully, who returned in future episodes, was named for Vin.

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