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Scully turned down Yankees job

Back in 1964, Vin Scully was offered the top job broadcasting New York Yankees games, replacing Mel Allen. Tough call back then for the New York native, but he explains his decision to stay with the Dodgers and Los Angeles:

I'd found a wonderful home here in Los Angeles, but remember, this was only seven years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn. I was still a New Yorker through and through. Plus, here was a chance to work again with Red Barber. And recall, too, that this was just before the Yankee dynasty collapsed. As much as Mr. O'Malley had done here and in Brooklyn, the Yankees were still the marquee name in sports. If it had been 1958 or 1959, when I still missed New York so, I would've said yes before he hung up the phone.

So, I thought long and hard about that one. But I had a young family, and I think we had all just truly adjusted to living here -- takes just about seven years, I think -- and in the end I turned it down."

So much would have been different in so many ways if he'd taken the job. Via Dodger Thoughts, where Jon Weisman actually talks up Juan Pierre for the all-star game.



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