By Doug Miller / MLB.comVin Scully left Brooklyn 50 years ago, just like the beloved Dodgers team he works for. But don't think for a second that he doesn't look back on the team's heritage and his own upbringing with smiles, a few bittersweet tears and tons of memories.
Scully, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame 26 years ago and will celebrate his 60th season as a Dodgers broadcaster when he returns to the booth in 2009, still thinks about Ebbets Field and the men who began the tradition that continues in this year's National League Championship Series.
In fact, when asked to name the greatest moments he's witnessed -- and called -- in Dodgers history, here's how he responded:
"First of all, I guess because I was younger and more impressionable, it would be Johnny Podres pitching the Dodgers of Brooklyn to the world championship [in 1955]," Scully said. "That was extremely thrilling, exciting and memorable.
"Bringing it up to date, things like Sandy Koufax with his no-hitters and perfect game, the Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser streaks, Maury Wills stealing over 100 bases -- so many great individual performances, leading up to, I guess, the home run by Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series. That would skim the cream off the top."
Scully, widely considered the best in the business today and one of the greatest baseball broadcasters of all time, has a big fan in Koufax, too.
"It may sound corny, but I enjoyed listening to Vin call a game almost more than playing in them," the legendary lefty said. "He's been a special broadcaster for a lot of years and he's been wonderful to listen to for a lot of years. He definitely is the All-Century broadcaster, as far as I'm concerned."
Scully remembers the last night at Ebbets Field as a "sad and somber" evening, but he also realizes that the Dodgers' move west was a reason to be excited.
"It was bitter in the sense that I was leaving all of my roots, my family, my friends and everything that I had known," Scully said, "but it was sweet in the sense that they were moving and they were taking me with them."
And 50 years later, he remains a constant source of joy for so many. How does he do it?
"I think the biggest feeling is the honest effort to be accurate," he said. "You're more caught up. You realize the drama, you realize the excitement. I love to use the roar of the crowd more than anything. As I say, you're not a
fan -- you're consumed with the desire to be accurate and capture the moment."
For aspiring broadcasters, Scully has a few suggestions, too.
"The best advice is also the most difficult and that is to be yourself," he said. "We're all inclined to copy someone who has already been successful, but you shouldn't water your wine by imitating. It is difficult to be yourself, but that sure helps."
Doug Miller is a senior writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.