By Glen Sparks
Rick Sutcliffe made a great +point while covering a recent game on ESPN. Vin Scully is not simply a great baseball broadcaster, Sutcliffe said. The long-time voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of the greatest broadcasters, period, he said.
The story that Scully told about the immortal Satchel Paige winning a bottle of booze from a young Whitey Herzog (“Wild Child”), his Miami Marlins teammate, helps make the case. Vin relayed a fun episode from the past that still delights today.
Listen to this one and enjoy.
(Sidenote: Paige played for the Marlins, then of the International League, for three seasons. He went 11-4 in 1956 with a 1.86 ERA. The following year, he was 10-8 with a 2.42 ERA. In 1958, he finished 10-10 but with a still-admirable 2.95 ERA. By then, he was 51 years old. Or, thereabouts. You never quite knew with Leroy “Stachel” Paige.