Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

by Curt Smith


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In 1950, Vin Scully broadcast his first major league baseball game for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. Nearly sixty years later he still invites a listener to "pull up a chair," completing a record fifty-ninth consecutive year of play-by-play. Recruited and mentored by the legendary Red Barber, the New York-born Scully moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in early 1958. His instantly recognizable voice has described players from Duke Snider to Orel Hershiser to Manny Ramirez, with hundreds in between. At one time or another, Scully has aired NBC Television's Game of the Week, twelve All-Star Games, eighteen no-hitters, twenty-five World Series, and network football, golf, and tennis. He has made every sportscasting Hall of Fame; received a Lifetime Emmy Achievement award and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and been voted "most memorable [L.A. Dodgers] franchise personality." In 2000, the American Sportscasters Association named Scully the Sportscaster of the 20th Century. The first biography of Vin Scully is long overdue. Curt Smith-to USA Today, "The voice of authority on baseball broadcasting"-is the ideal man to write it. Scully opens each broadcast by wishing listeners, "A very pleasant good afternoon." Pull Up a Chair will provide a reader with the same.

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ISBN-13: 9781597976619
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 369,464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Curt Smith is "the Voice of authority on baseball broadcasting" (USA Today). He is the author of fourteen books, including the classic Voices of the Game, Voices of Summer, and, most recently, the best-selling Pull Up a Chair. Smith is a columnist for GateHouse Media, the host of Perspectives for National Public Radio’s Rochester affiliate, and senior lecturer of English at the University of Rochester. Says Bob Costas of the former presidential speechwriter, "Curt Smith stands up for the beauty of words."

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