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August 23, 2010

One-Hoppers

Welcome Back, Vin

by Ben Lindbergh

Inspired by yesterday’s glad tidings of Vin Scully’s return for a 62nd season in the Dodgers broadcast booth, I thought I’d take a stab at making a celebratory infographic in an attempt to capture Scully’s staying power. Craig Robinson (the creator of the brilliant Flip Flop Fly Ball, not the sub-replacement former Braves shortstop) I’m not and never will be, but here’s a look at how things have changed for the Dodgers since Scully first stepped behind the mic in 1950. Scully’s tenure extends even further back than our database, so I compiled pre-1954 personnel changes manually. Those little markers are Vin Scully bobbleheads, which you might just be able to make out if you click to embiggen:


Since 1950, the Dodgers have moved across the country, batted last in three different ballparks, changed ownership and leadership several times, and employed an ever-changing cast of characters in uniform, but to the continued delight of baseball fans across the continent, “The Voice of the Dodgers” sounds the same as ever. Fortunately, we should be able to say that until at least 2012.

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