An Act of Vin Scully Kindness

Former Dodgers GM and VP of communications Fred Claire shares a favorite memory.

After a season of media tributes, the crescendo has today truly begun. Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully kicks off a final seven-game homestand tonight. He told Dan Patrick this morning that a special letter of dedication that he wrote will be handed out to fans Friday Sept. 23 and that a big, additional surprise awaits the faithful at Dodger Stadium on Sunday Sept. 25.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth has been culling memories from Scully media colleagues and today continues that series with Fred Claire, who first met Scully in the late 1950s while working as a newspaper sports editor, before going on to serve as the baseball club’s VP of communications and GM. From today’s piece:

“There was one act of kindness that stands out in my mind as I think about Vin because it is symbolic of who he is. As the publicity director of the Dodgers, I was asked by a young man working for a radio station in the San Fernando Valley if he could interview Vin prior to a game and Vin, in his usual manner, agreed to help an aspiring reporter.”

“When the young man came to the press box, I could see he was nervous and excited as I introduced him to the Dodger legend. After using his tape recorder for the interview for more than a half-hour, the reporter came to me with a trembling voice and near tears in his eyes. The despondent young man said: ‘I messed up and pushed the wrong button and have nothing on my tape recorder.’”

“I went to Vin to explain what had happened and Vin’s reply was: ‘Let’s do the interview again.’”

“‘Let’s do the interview again’ always has echoed in my mind as I think about Vin. Vin didn’t mention it but I knew of the admiration he held for Red Barber in providing help to a young announcer with bright red hair and even brighter dreams.”

One of Hoffarth’s previous pieces on Scully media colleagues included Dick Enberg.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
It’s Time for a Great Vin Scully Tribute
For Dodgers Fans, Friday Was a ‘Vin-Win’
Vin Scully, Illustrated

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