Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

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Vin Scully's trademark invitation "Pull up a chair" welcomes his vast radio and TV audiences. Now Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story welcomes you to the first-ever biography of baseball's greatest Voice. Written by Curt Smith, Pull Up a Chair captures Scully's odyssey from Brooklyn via Los Angeles to NBC TV and CBS Radio. Released in Vin's record sixtieth straight year of play-by-play, this book is a coda to a nonpareil career.
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Vin Scully's trademark invitation "Pull up a chair" welcomes his vast radio and TV audiences. Now Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story welcomes you to the first-ever biography of baseball's greatest Voice. Written by Curt Smith, Pull Up a Chair captures Scully's odyssey from Brooklyn via Los Angeles to NBC TV and CBS Radio. Released in Vin's record sixtieth straight year of play-by-play, this book is a coda to a nonpareil career.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Over 234 riveting and exquisitely reported pages in a book that clearly was a labor of love for the author, but hardly a fawning piece of fluff.”Washington Post, July 29, 2009

“Curt Smith deftly shows how Scully’s melodious six decades with the Dodgers . . . began baseball radio and television’s longest same-team skein. . . . Vin Scully has supplied the raw material, while Curt Smith possessed the skills to bring off a gem of a book. This is a wonderful read. . . . You won’t be disappointed.”The Lowell [MA] Sun, July 26, 2009

Pull Up a Chair isn’t so much a biography of Scully as it is an elegant and eloquent appreciation of a man who may be the greatest American broadcaster of the 20th century--and who is staking claims on the 21st.”San Antonio Express, August 2, 2009

"An honest attempt to illuminate Scully's life. It is full of interesting tidbits and amusing stories from his childhood and long career."—www.campuscircle.com, August 31, 2009

"No one can truly capture Scully's use of English and sense of history in a book. Smith does as well as possible by not only telling the Scully story, but also spicing the narrative with play-by-play script."USA Today, June 11, 2009

"A great new book . . . about the life and times of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Author Curt Smith captures . . . the great things about this very popular man and why he has lasted so long in one job, which is basically unheard of in the media world.”The San Francisco Examiner, June 20, 2009

"[A] wonderful tribute. . . . Pull Up a Chair is a wonderful read and a fitting tribute to an 81-year-old broadcaster who hasn't lost anything off his fastball."—scottpitoniak.blogspot.com, June 19, 2009

"Smith has as much a mastery of the English language as Scully."—DemocratChronicle.com, June 18, 2009

“Smith…makes the perfect Scully biographer. . . . Longtime baseball fans will savor this one as they would a fine brandy. . . . Baseball used to bring out the best in those who wrote and spoke about it; Scully and Smith remind us that, in some cases, it still does.”Booklist, June 1, 2009

"I highly recommend it. . . . His life story has been beautifully sculpted by Curt Smith in Pull Up a Chair. It makes for great summer reading."—politicalmavens.com, May 30, 2009“It is fitting that Curt Smith would be the author who gives sports fans a wonderful gift: the first biography of the great Vin Scully. No writer knows baseball announcers as well as Smith does, and no one captures their voice so perfectly. If you can’t get near a television or radio to listen to Scully, read this book. It’s the next best thing.”—Christine Brennan, USA Today

“Curt Smith’s salute to Vin Scully makes for what those familiar with both men would expect: one passionate but poised professional writing about another, a noble subject in the hands of a noble author. In the highest possible sense, they deserve each other. We win.”—Phil Mushnick, New York Post

“Curt Smith’s passion for the written word and the national pastime leaps from every page. If Vin Scully is baseball’s Homer, Smith is unquestionably its Boswell. Meticulously reported and elegantly written, a brilliant tour de force.”—Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News

“Can you believe it? There has never been a biography of Vin Scully, and this book is that—and so much more. This is a book about baseball—and an artist. This is a book worth waiting for. Believe it this book is a winner.”—Juan Williams, National Public Radio

“If Scully is the Perfect 10 in Smith’s dead-on reckoning, Pull Up a Chair is a 9.8 (marred only by East German judges), as both a riveting biography and appreciation of the last Dodger link between Brooklyn and the City of the Angels.”—Walter Shapiro, author of One-Car Caravan

“This rhapsody is a delightful romp through a half-century of baseball. With the kind of eloquence that Scully made famous behind a microphone, Smith takes us into the broadcast booths and onto the diamonds in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and everywhere in between.”—Burt Solomon, National Journal

“What a great read. At a time when familiar institutions are reeling from scandal and incompetence, Curt Smith reminds us of baseball’s voice of clarity, honesty, and reality. Smith is the country’s pre-eminent baseball raconteur.”—John Zogby, author of The Way We’ll Be

“There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to a baseball game that Vin Scully is broadcasting. Curt Smith has captured that quality. Pull Up a Chair makes you want to do just that—pull up a chair, pop open a beer, sit back, and read.”—Allen Barra, Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597974240
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 606,545
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

CURT SMITH is a senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester, a GateHouse Media columnist, and the author of sixteen books, including the classic Voices of the Game. He has written for such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has been named to the prestigious Judson Welliver Society of former presidential speechwriters.
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Table of Contents

1 Beginnings (1927-1938) 1

2 Who's a Bum? (1939-1949) 9

3 Younger than Springtime (1950-1953) 31

4 Heaven and the Lower Room (1954-1957) 43

5 California, Here We Come (1958-1961) 65

6 You're the Top (1962-1966) 85

7 Don't Fence Me In (1967-1975) 111

8 Where You Lead (1976-1982) 125

9 Climb Every Mountain (1983-1989) 151

10 From This Moment On (1990-1997) 179

11 Stardust (1998-) 201

12 "Let Us Define Our Terms" 219

Epilogue 233

Sources 237

Bibliography 239

Index 243

About the Author 263

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Great Gift!

    I gave this book to my dad for Father's Day. He was thrilled. Now I get weekly updates about how much he likes this book and how he logs on to the internet to research topics that come up while he's reading. What a find!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Maybe its hard to focus on the sports announcer as "mus

    Maybe its hard to focus on the sports announcer as "muscle" of a team? Something was just off with this.
    The rich history of the Dodgers should have made it more interesting. More inside tales of Vin and his mentors, more details of what was going on the day of a special game, some kind of glimspe "behind the curtain" would have been really much more readable.
    Maybe the author didn't want to do a "tell all" book, but the problem is he didn't do much to break new ground either. The reader is going to feel like he's sort of reading a fact sheet of events instead of a story about a great announcer and what it takes to do the job. Or the story of a great sports team. Or tidbits about record setting games where maybe we didn't already know much of the details. Seems like he could have done this from so many other perspectives instead of just going down the path of "just the facts, mamn".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Barely readable

    This is the wrong writing style for an amazing announcer. I couldnt get thirty pages into it...sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2010

    "Pull up a Chair, the Vin Scully Story" - Not a Biography in any sense

    Sadly, I must agree with the general tone of comments being made on the Internet about "Pull up a Chair, the Vin Scully Story". I loved the concept, but hated the book. That Curt Smith was once a speechwriter for former President George H.W. Bush helps to clarify so much . . . certainly much more than Smith was able to clarify in "Pull up a Chair". Considering that Scully is a subject others and I have looked forward to reading about for so long, "Pull up a Chair" quickly became one of the most excruciating and disappointing reads I have ever encountered. Trying to maintain any continuity in reading it gave me a serious headache. It must be that Smith is a better researcher than he is a writer, because, based on his apparently self-serving, self-indulgent "Pull up a Chair", he misses badly as a writer, unless it was not his main intent to speak to his audience, but to befuddle them beyond belief. How Smith has been published so many times raises serious concern for the shape of the book industry.

    Smith's approach to story telling should be reserved for rambling banter with someone else that shares his "insider" arrogance, not for readers who pay good money expecting to see sentences that make sense and most assuredly not for fans of Vin Scully, who won't find in this book a credible or legible picture of him. Smith's smug perspective makes the tedious paragraphs and pages and chapters of his messy book seem like he's grudgingly letting us in on the "you had to be there" kind of inside dope one gets when one is actually involved or eavesdrops. He carelessly and incorrectly assumes that we can follow his staccato-like twist of words and quotes as though we shared the press boxes with all the baseball announcers' names he lets fall. His over use of their disjointed voices throughout the book - mostly unknown to us or, at best, obscure to all except the most knowledgeable sports fans - for the purpose of offering miscellaneous snippets of baseball lore without the slightest road map, is an attempt to obfuscate the fact that he has gathered few facts about Scully's life. As a biography, "Pull up a Chair, the Vin Scully Story" is not. The best part of this book was its pictures - not counting the picture of Smith on the dust jacket. I would advise anyone contemplating "Pull up a Chair" that if they have not bought or read it yet, save some money, time and aggravation and don't bother.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Great Topic - Autonr Mskes it a tough Read though

    A lot of lingo that can be hard to understand, but Scully is the best so it's worth the effort!

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A poor book about a great topic

    Theu author tried to write a book about Vin Scully without the cooperation of Mr. Scully. The book does not work. The author seems to try to write the way Vin Scully talks using lots of metaphors and similes. Not only that he keeps jumping back and forth in time and that is very confusing. It just doesn't come off.

    The author spends way, way too much talking about way too many other topics related to baseball and baseball announcers. To me it seems like he wrote the book about a myriad of topics, then decided to call it Vin Scully's biography, and then went back and added more information about Scully.

    All in all I was very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Illustrates the history of baseball from a broadcasters perspective

    Excellent story about the broadcasting career of an icon; there can only be one Vin Scully; that generation of broadcasters will never be duplicated.

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