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Vin Scully means so much to the story of Los Angeles itself

Vin Scully means so much to the story of Los Angeles itself

The voice of the Dodgers will always live on, in a million different calls and a million different moments from our lives, filling our summer nights with stories and sweet tones as we pulled up a chair or went to bed. Yet, while he has obviously attained a considerable degree of immortality, we will never again have a chance to see Vincent Edward Scully share a new Twitter video in which he stylishly unrolls a cherished anecdote. We will never again see Bob Costas or another luminary of American sportscasting sit down face-to-face with the legendary announcer, who is for most fans and industry experts the greatest sports broadcaster America has ever produced.

Vin Scully lived a great, long life. We can only hope to have a life of his stature, resonance, quality, and longevity. Yet, as wonderful as his life was and is and always will be, that life did end on Tuesday at the age of 94.

Angelenos of all ages, races and backgrounds are united in their mourning and grief, even as they celebrate the richness of Vin Scully’s life and what he brought to the city, the community, of Los Angeles.

Of course this is a USC site, and Vin Scully did not spend his career announcing USC football games. Yet, today is certainly a day when USC fans throughout Los Angeles and the United States are thinking not about August camp under Lincoln Riley, but about Vin.

The voice. The man. The legend.

Vin Scully, in that sense, transcends baseball. His connection with Angelenos went beyond the Dodgers. It also went beyond sports itself.

When we contemplate how Vin Scully became one of the most beloved and important figures in the history of the city of Los Angeles, the story is not really that complicated.

From the 1950s through the 1970s. as the country’s postwar baby boom and economic prosperity ran their course, a new form of “Manifest Destiny” emerged. A westward movement among Americans took place. “California Dreamin’” was not just a hit song; it was an anthem and a reflection of what was happening demographically.

Baseball, the music industry, and other large purveyors of culture and commerce were moving from eastern cities to California and the West. Vin Scully was part of that, when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn and the Giants moved from the Polo Grounds to San Francisco following the 1957 MLB season.

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, when this surge not only of people, but cultural energy, was flowing through Southern California, who was the man…

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