Here’s what the world was like when Vin Scully started with the Dodgers in 1950
Retiring voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully started his broadcasting career with the MLB team on April 18, 1950. Here's how different the world was then — more than 66 years ago.
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The Dodgers were still in Brooklyn
When Scully joined the broadcasting booth as a 22-year-old fresh out of Fordham University, the Dodgers were still playing at Ebbets Field in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. "As a kid born and raised in New York, I was totally in awe of the starting team: Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Duke Snider and a host of others," Scully remembered. (Junior Gilliam, Reese, Snider and Robinson are pictured above.) The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
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There were only 48 states in the U.S.A. in 1950
Alaska and Hawaii didn't join the union until 1959.
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Harry Truman was president
After a dramatic defeat over Thomas Dewey in the 1948 election, Harry Truman served as the 33rd President of the United States until 1953. Truman served for two terms, where he saw the escalation of the Cold War, helped to found the United Nations and engaged U.S. troops in the Korean War.
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The credit card had just been introduced
New York businessman Frank McNamara paid for his meal at the Major's Cabin Grill restaurant in Manhattan with a Diners Club Card in February 1950, and a consumer-facing system of credit was born.
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Burt Shotton was Dodgers manager
Born in 1884, Shotton (seen here with Pee Wee Reese circa 1948) was Jackie Robinson's first permanent manager in the majors. Shotton served as the skipper of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and then again in 1948-1950.
Rosa Parks had not gotten on the bus
It would be five more years before Rosa Parks refused to get up from her seat on Dec. 1, 1955 — an event that would help shape the civil rights movement.
Postage stamps were three cents
It took just three pennies to send mail through the U.S. Postal Service in 1950 (the one seen above was from 1954). Gas at the time was 27 cents a gallon, while minimum wage was 75 cents per hour.
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'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'
While the 7th inning stretch has been in effect during baseball games since at least the early 20th century, the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the break wasn't popularized until Harry Caray introduced the would-be tradition in the 1970s.
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Average price of a baseball ticket in 1950: $1.54
(Ticket stubs from Brooklyn Dodgers games at Ebbets Field from 1957 are shown above.) More than 66 years later, the average price to catch an MLB game is around $30. But to hear Vin Scully in the broadcasting booth at some point during that time? Priceless.