The country itself was fundamentally different
Vin Scully, baseball’s greatest narrator, called his last game at Dodgers Stadium on Sunday, closing with a division-clinching walk-off homer by Charlie Culberson. As the ball landed in the bleachers, Scully sounded as charmed as everyone by the cinematic ending to his career in Los Angeles: “Would you believe a home run?” After the game, the announcing legend played “Wind Beneath My Wings” over the loudspeakers to a standing ovation.
Scully, who calls the final game of his 67-year career this upcoming Sunday in San Francisco, joined the Dodgers when the club still played in Brooklyn. The year was 1950. The world was a far different place. Scully’s time in the booth, starting with a 9-1 loss to the Del Ennis-led Philadelphia Phillies, outlasted apartheid, the Cold War, and Charles Schulz’s Peanuts column, which launched the same year. These are some other facts about that fateful time.