Vin Scully was in the booth for the Dodgers for the final time yesterday. The last time there was a Dodgers game played without Scully was in 1949 when they were still the Brooklyn Dodgers.
At just 22 Scully landed the job to join Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the booth and became the youngest to ever call a World Series game just 3 years later.
A lot has changed in the 67 years since, the team moved across the country to Los Angeles, baseball saw the rise of Hank Aaron, the steroid era, and the time after it. The world went through nearly the entirety of the Cold War and 25 years on the other side of it. America saw 12 different Presidents during the 88 year old’s tenure.
What does all this have to do with us though? It’s great to congratulate Vin Scully on his career, but every sports show and site is doing that, what does it have to do with building a new culture?
Well, Vin Scully is a great example of what one man can build and how to conduct yourself with dignity and earn the respect of your sphere of influence. Scully is revered not just by commentators, or Dodgers fans, or even baseball fans. He has one of the most recognizable voices in America is nearly universally respected. In a time in which everything is so polarizing and divided, that in and of it’s self is a remarkable feat. Especially when he could slip gems like this in mid-game:
But the lesson from this isn’t just what Scully did, it’s also in what’s next. For the playoffs and for next season someone else will be in the booth. The Dodgers will continue playing and, though it will sound different and I’m sure they will remember stories from the Scully era, not much will change.
There will be an opportunity for his successor to launch his own legacy and create his own stories, add his style to the games and be the voice of the Dodgers to a new generation.
The same is true for you. In this new week, if you have been struggling, you have the opportunity to make a new start, a change in your life, your situation, and help those around you. Things may be going well for you; great, keep building on it, like Scully did for 67 years. Regardless of which one applies to you, keep in mind the way Vin Scully stayed true to who he was, didn’t try to imitate anyone, and built a lasting legacy.
Happy Monday and good luck building your legacy this week and afterward. For old-time’s sake below is Vin Scully’s final sign-off from yesterday:
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