In case you hadn't heard, legendary broadcaster Vin Scully just announced he'll be back in the booth next year to call his 66th Dodgers season. So it seemed like there was no better way to pay tribute to the voice of Los Doyers than by dropping some almost-impossible-to-believe Scully factlets.
1. Vin once raced against Jackie Robinson
A native New Yorker, Scully grew up ice skating and has boasted in the past that he “could skate”. In the early 1950s, while announcing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he invited Jackie Robinson to join him for an evening skate on a rink in the Catskills. Jackie, having never skated before, challenged Vin to a race... which he probably lost, because again, Vin "COULD SKATE".
2. He was responsible for player names returning to the Dodgers' home jerseys
When Frank McCourt took the names off the back of the Dodgers' home jerseys in 2006, it was Vin Scully who lobbied to get them put back in 2007. Scully requested that the jerseys include names so that he could learn the names of all the new players. "When Vin Scully asks for something, you have to give it to him,” McCourt told MLB. “So starting in 2007, the names will be back.”