Scully Tells One about Satch and a “Wild Child”

Vin Scully began broadcasting Dodger baseball games in 1950.

Vin Scully began broadcasting Dodger baseball games in 1950.

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 great Satchel Paige

The great Satchel Paige

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.

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