Actually this is a belated happy birthday to a man whose voice is a huge part of the "soundtrack of Southern California"..and who is among the greatest not just sportscasters, but broadcasters who ever lived.
Vin Scully celebrated his 79th birthday on November 29.
He has been with the Dodgers since he first worked with the great Red Barber back in Brooklyn in 1951.
Growing up in the 60's in Southern California like me, you went to sleep with the radio under your pillow, listening to Scully.
He was one of the first to enter the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Along with being the voice of the Dodgers for over 50 years, he also was the lead announcer for NBC's Game Of the Week and postseason and World Series coverage for many years.
He called the World Series for CBS Radio many other years.
And didya know...
He called NFL football on CBS Television for several years back in the 70's and early 80's...he caled the famous "The Catch" game when the 49ers beat the Cowboys for their first NFC title.
And he's called golf tournaments, and I am sure a number of other events that I just can't recall right now.
With his advancing age, he has cut back on his workload...doing only most home games and road assignments no further east than Denver. And he's mostly on television now...with the radio folks only getting him on simulcast for the first three innings.
And oh by the way...he's about the most unassuming and nice gentleman you'd ever want to meet.
As Vinny would say..."a very pleasant good day to you, wherever you may be"...let's "pull up a chair" and wish the man a belated...