The World Series, GAME ONE, September 28, 1955, at Yankee Stadium.
The Brooklyn Dodgers vs New York Yankees.
This is the NBC TV broadcast with Vin Scully calling the play by play.
Top of the eighth inning, Carl Furillo singles to center field.
Gil Hodges flies out to left field.
Jackie Robinson gets on base when his ground ball goes through the legs of New York Yankee third baseman, Gil McDougald...Furillo advancing to third base and Jackie winding up at second base. Don Zimmer flies out to center field allowing Furillo to tag up from third base making the score now 6 to 4, in favor of the New York Yankees. Robinson tags up from second base and advances to third base. Frank Kellert pinch hits for Brooklyn Dodger pitcher reliever, Don Bessent. On the second pitch by Whitey Ford, Jackie Robinson steals home, only the fifth player to accomplish this feat in World Series history, and the last to do so.
NOTE: Not included in this air check is Kellert's single, after Robinson steals home. We pick up Vin Scully's play by play with Casey Stengel leaving in Whitey Ford to continue pitching and Don Hoak pinch running for Kellert, whose single is missing from this recording. Jim "Junior" Gilliam pops out to third base ending the inning. Mel Allen is heard doing a Gillette commercial with Casey Stengel.
Brooklyn Dodger Line-Up as described in
Jim Gilliam LF
Pee Wee Reese SS
Duke Snider CF
Roy Campanella C
Carl Furillo RF
Gil Hodges 1B
Jackie Robinson 3B
Don Zimmer 2B
Don Newcombe P
Don Bessent P
Clem Labine P
Frank Kellert PH
Don Hoak PR
NOTE: In a phone conversation with Vin Scully (October 19, 2021), Phil Gries plays the steal of home by Jackie Robinson audio track to which Scully states that his "trademark was to call a play and then shut up."
When Jackie Robinson stole home Scully stated, "Robinson is dancing off third, shaking up the crowd. Robbie is coming to the plate. The throw to Berra. He steals it!"
Only the roar of the crowd can be heard for over a minute afterwards, with no additional commentary from the greatest baseball announcer of all time, Vin Scully, as agreed upon by most baseball journalist historians.
Angeles City Council on Friday officially renamed Elysian Park Avenue after the revered announcer, Vin Scully, who's been the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
By: Ed Sherman
September 14, 2016
There are many ways to measure the incredible longevity of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Given my background, I will go with the sportswriter perspective.
When Scully made his debut in 1950, Grantland Rice, the most influential sportswriter of all time, was writing columns about Jackie Robinson for a Dodgers teams located in Brooklyn.
Now that is some longevity.
Well, it turns out old Vin couldn’t go on forever. After 67 years in the booth, he finally is hanging up the microphone at the end of the Dodgers season.
It truly has been an epic run for Scully, and the fanfare will be unprecedented for his final game broadcasts. In the vast pantheon of great announcers in baseball history, there is no debate about No. 1.
“He’s so much greater than anyone who has ever done this,” Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes told me for a Chicago Tribune column on Scully. “It’s not even close. It’s an embarrassment of riches. He’s the best, he’s done it the longest and he’s been with one franchise. It’s amazing all of this can be said about one man.”
Scully will leave behind numerous lessons for current and prospective members of the media. First and foremost is his emphasis on preparation. Hughes and Cubs TV announcer Len Kasper each made a point of marveling at how much research Scully does for a broadcast.
Yet something Kasper said really gets to the essence of what makes Scully so great.
“It’s so striking that what he says, and the words he uses, plays as well on paper as it does on a broadcast,” Kasper said. “He’s like a great author. His pen is his voice.”
Mystery guest Casey Stengel, who had managed the New York Mets first baseball game five days ago, talks baseball with panelists Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, Tony Randall and John Daly.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Chris Short throws the last pitch at the Polo Grounds to N.Y. Mets batter, Ted Schriber, as the Phillies beat the Mets 5 to 1. Bob Murphy does the play-by-play for the last of the ninth inning. As Murphy signs off, "Auld Lang Syne" can be heard as it is sung by the crowd at the stadium. On Kiner's Korner, guest N.Y. Mets manager, Casey Stengel, reminisces with Ralph Kiner about the Polo Grounds. (Memories began for Stengel when he was a player there fifty years ago in 1913.)
Charles Einstein, author of two books on Willie Mays, wrote the script and narrates this profile on the life and career of the "Say Hey Kid." Alvin Dark, Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel reminisce about Willie.
We have a look at New York's baseball teams from the early 1900's to the present. Prospects for the 1964 season are discussed by N.Y. Yankees Manager Yogi Berra and by the N.Y. Mets Manager Casey Stengel. Art James hosts.
Walter Cronkite introduces segments with famous political, creative and entertainment personalities as well as news events from the past fifty years of broadcasting. Heard are: Bruce Dunning,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard M. Nixon, William S. Paley, Eric Sevareid, Orson Welles, Goodman Ace, Mel Allen, Eve Arden, Red Barber, Edgar Bergen, Bing Crosby, Joe DiMaggio, Douglas Edwards, Arthur Godfrey, Ted Husing, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Osgood, Andy Rooney, Red Skelton, Casey Stengel, Marie Wilson, The Andrews Sisters, Fred W. Friendly, Benny Goodman, Edward R. Murrow, Frank Sinatra and Robert Trout.