Hey, Sports Illustrated … what took you so long?
As legendary broadcaster Vin Scully winds down his 67-year run as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, the 88-year-old Hall of Famer finds himself on the cover of a 62-year-old weekly (and highly collectable) magazine for the first time.
“Vin Scully is only the finest, most-listened-to baseball broadcaster that ever lived, and even that honorific does not approach proper justice to the man,” reads a passage from the piece by Tom Verducci. “He ranks with Walter Cronkite among America’s most-trusted media personalities, with Frank Sinatra and James Earl Jones among its most-iconic voices, and with Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor and Ken Burns among its preeminent storytellers.”
He earned the game’s highest honor for a broadcaster — the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame — 34 years ago and somehow the magazine that’s been around since 1954 with a cover and space to fill every single week since then hadn’t found the time to visit with the voice of baseball.
Now’s that time, though.
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