- Longtime LA Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was a human highlight reel, writes Mike Downey
- The hits and runs will go on and on, but without the best narrator who ever came our way, he says
Mike Downey is a former Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune columnist and a frequent contributor to CNN. The views expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)A ginger-haired gent with vocal cords of 24-karat gold, Vin Scully is coming to the end of one of America's most colorful broadcasting careers. After a staggering 67 seasons of Dodgers baseball, based originally in Brooklyn, then for more than a half century in Los Angeles, his retirement will begin on Sunday, sometime presumably before sundown, in San Francisco, where the 88-year-old Scully is scheduled to call the television play-by-play of one more Major League Baseball game between those two friendly, feuding archrivals of his lifetime, the Dodgers and Giants, then fade from public life, out of earshot, out of sight.