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‘Welcome to my Thanksgiving’: In moving ceremony, Los Angeles begins its final farewell to Vin Scully

By Jon Weisman

We might need time. We might need 67 years to get over this one.

Emotionally charged from the opening video salute to the final blue-carpet walk lined by Dodger players and coaches, tribute was paid to Vin Scully tonight, in an hour-long ceremony infused with heartstopping thoughts from guest speakers and heartwarming words from the man himself.

It was a valediction for Vinny, and a validation of our love.

In an evening that would conclude with John Williams conducting members of the Los Angeles Philarmonic in the National Anthem, so many moments played like perfect notes in a symphony.

“Vin is that favorite sweater of yours that you can’t wait to put on on a chilly day,” said Dick Enberg in the video.


#VinTop20: No. 2, Koufax’s perfect game


In the Vin Scully Appreciation Day pregame ceremony this evening, the Dodgers finished revealing the results of the fan vote ranking Scully’s top 20 Dodger calls of all time. Here’s No. 2: Sandy Koufax’s perfect game.

— Jon Weisman

No. 3, Henry Aaron’s 715th
No. 4, Returning after 9/11
No. 5, ‘If you have a sombrero …’
No. 6, Roy Campanella tribute
No. 7, Don Larsen’s perfect game
No. 8, Monday captures the flag
No. 9, ‘We go to Chicago!’
No. 10, Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter
No. 11, Joe Ferguson’s throw
No. 12, Fernandomania begins
No. 13, ‘The Squeeze!’
No. 14, Nomo’s No-No
No. 15, the 4+1 Game
No. 16, Don Drysdale’s streak stays alive
No. 17, Mike Piazza, Giant-slayer
No. 18, Yasiel Puig’s first slam
No. 19, Manny’s Bobbleslam
No. 20, Mark McGwire hits it way, way out

Arrive early Friday for Vin Scully Appreciation Day


By Cary Osborne

If there’s ever a day to arrive early at Dodger Stadium, Friday is it.

Sixty-seven years in the making, Vin Scully Appreciation Day will have unique tributes and a special giveaway for fans. Auto gates will open at 4:10 p.m. and stadium gates at 4:40 p.m. for that night’s game against Colorado. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a special letter of dedication to fans from Vin himself.

Fans are encouraged to get to their seats before 6:30 p.m. for the start of the pregame ceremonies.


The 20 most pivotal regular-season moments in Los Angeles Dodger history


Tommy Lasorda hugs R.J. Reynolds after the rookie’s unforgettable squeeze, whose 33rd anniversary is Sunday.

By Jon Weisman

Every Dodger fan is targeting the World Series, but you can’t get there without some regular-season magic.

The Dodgers have seen plenty in their 49 Southern California seasons, both in their favor and against them.

For good and for bad, here (in this Dodger Insider magazine story) are the ups and downs, the highs and lows — the 20 most pivotal regular-season moments in Los Angeles Dodger history.

Read the entire story by clicking here.

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Fifty years ago, Orioles gave Dodgers afternoon blues

willie_davisBy Mark Langill

Today marks the first Dodgers-Orioles day game at Dodger Stadium since the original Los Angeles dynasty came crumbling down nearly 50 years ago in Game 2 of the 1966 World Series.

An error-filled 6-0 defeat marked the final game of Sandy Koufax’s career, and the bright skies also broke the heart of longtime center fielder Willie Davis, whose all-time marks in the Dodger record book are overshadowed by two seemingly routine fly balls lost in the sun.

With six National League pennants in 13 seasons, manager Walter Alston’s Dodgers were overwhelming 8-5 favorites by Las Vegas oddsmakers to beat the Orioles, making their first World Series appearance since moving to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954.

Baltimore defeated Don Drysdale, 5-2, in the first game of the Fall Classic, but why should L.A. worry with Koufax in the wings? Koufax led the Dodgers to World Series titles in 1963 and 1965, masking an average but efficient offense fueled by the stolen-base threat of shortstop and team captain Maury Wills.

Julio Urias and the milestones of teenage pitchers

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

By Cary Osborne

Julio Urias is 19 years and 289 days old today — the day he joins the list of 35 Dodgers who have made their Major League debuts as teenagers.

Ralph Branca, Gil Hodges, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Bill Buckner, Fernando Valenzuela and Adrian Beltre are all on that list.

On the occasion of Urias’ debut, here are some other teenage tidbits to have fun with …


Farewell, Alan Young — and remembering ‘Mr. Ed’ at Dodger Stadium

Today, we remember Alan Young, the “Mr. Ed” actor who passed away Thursday at age 96. Young and his horse companion made a memorable visit to Dodger Stadium for the 1963 season premiere, highlighted above. Sandy Koufax, Willie Davis, Leo Durocher, Johnny Roseboro and more appear.

Yikes, that’s a lot of strikes

The ultimate strike-thrower Sandy Koufax.

The ultimate strike-thrower, Sandy Koufax

By Cary Osborne

Twenty strikeouts in one game is incredible.

But what made Washington pitcher Max Scherzer’s 20K performance Wednesday even more incredible is that he threw 96 strikes out of 119 pitches — both the amount of strikes and the percentage (80.7 percent strikes) are rarities.

Still, when it comes to strike-throwers, the conversation starts with the Dodgers and one Sandy Koufax.


Emotional first-pitch salute to Vin Scully opens 2016 season at Dodger Stadium

By Jon Weisman

In a breathtaking experience that traversed Dodger history from Don Newcombe to Clayton Kershaw, Vin Scully received an emotional tribute before the first pitch of his final Opening Day at Dodger Stadium as the team’s broadcaster.

Al Michaels, who was considered by some a possible successor to Scully four decades ago, hosted the tribute that mixed video (including messages from Henry Aaron and Kirk Gibson) with live presentations.

The roll call of Dodgers that took the field went as follows: Newcombe, Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Al Downing, Rick Monday, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Lasorda and Kershaw, with Magic Johnson and Peter O’Malley then escorting Scully on to the hallowed stadium grass, before an enormous standing ovation from the crowd.

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Top series by Jon SooHoo, bottom by Juan Ocampo

A baseball autographed by every participant was then passed down the line to Scully, who truly looked moved by the moment and said afterward he was “overwhelmed.”

Watching him from ground level, as the scoreboard camera circled around him for its closeup, I never felt more how much of a living legend we were privileged to know, and to call our own.


Skirball exhibits rare pieces of Dodger history

A ball Sandy Koufax gifted to Walter O’Malley from his fourth no-htter.

A ball Sandy Koufax gifted to Walter O’Malley from his fourth no-hitter.

By Cary Osborne

Among the artifacts that are currently on display in Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center for the exhibit “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American,” are pieces of Dodger history loaned by former Dodger president and owner Peter O’Malley.