18 wonderful Vin Scully fireside stories separate from the game

Scully circa 1960s.

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Vincent Edward Scully has seen it all in his 67 seasons at the microphone for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.

The living baseball legend called Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs in 1965, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974, the hobbled Kirk Gibson’s epic World Series Game 1 walkoff homer in 1988 ("In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened") and many more classic baseball moments.

But part of what makes Scully such a treasure, and so skilled, is his ability to seamlessly weave in other subjects into broadcasts — like world history and colorful, off-the-field anecdotes about players. He entertains and educates and calls a ballgame all the while. And with that, here’s 18 of Scully’s "bonus tracks."

1. The time that Vin raced Jackie Robinson on ice skates

2. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and the signal from above: a “bird bombing”

3. Professor Scully recounts the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day

11. Man versus nature: The time that Jonny Gomes survived a wolf attack

18. Finally, here’s Scully with David Letterman in 1990 discussing how he got the job in the first place