Scully was active in the National League for 45.5% of its history, and 48.2% of the history of the Dodgers franchise. He was in attendance for every world championship the Dodgers ever won, with the exception of 2020 which was played in a neutral site after his retirement.
i totally forgot about the neutral site thing, why did that happen? i remember the 2020 WS looking visually very...boring and out of place
Sam Miller on an episode of Effectively Wild did a whole thing once (I think around when Vin retired) about Scully possibly being witness to more MLB baseball than anyone in history.
Episode 856 for anyone interested, the discussion starts at 25:25.
They and baseball historian John Thorn land on Connie Mack but figure it's either him or Vin.
Google Connie Mack.
Is anyone else close?
Hasn't Jaime Jarrin (the Dodgers Spanish-language announcer) been doing this since 1959? He probably is up there but even he's a ways away since he hasn't done as many national games.
Harwell called games for 55 years (Scully actually went dodgers after Harwell left, he was there for 2 season before Scully). So he's a fair bit behind in years, but more were prior to expansions, so I'd guess he's in the 3% range?
The only thing I can think of that would be close is games played in/managed by Connie Mack, which I’ve calculated to be about 8400.
Uecker gotta be up there
Bob Sheppard has to be fairly close. Scully called games for 9 years more than Sheppard, but Sheppard also called college baseball and football games.
Heck, I know Phil Rizzuto called games for 40 years and John Sterling called over 5,000 games straight before taking a break in 2019. Neither records are anything to sneeze at.
It'd be interesting to see a list of who's called the most games, ever.
Twins play by play guy Dick Bremer has been doing it since 1983. I can't find any official stats, but he has to be getting up around 6000. He's "only" 66, so he could go for a while still. He won't sniff 9,000 but I imagine he's one of the current leaders.
Jim Kaat is probably up there. He has been active as a player, a broadcaster, or a commentator in some capacity since 1959.
La Russa has also been a player, manager, or in a front office for most of the years since 1963. That's a lot of baseball. He's at over 5000 games managed (second most all time), but that doesn't count his playing years or time with teams in non-manager roles.
Braves Field, Milwaukee County Stadium, Atlanta Stadium, Turner Field, Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium, Colt Stadium, the Astrodome, Ebbets Field, Roosevelt Stadium, Jarry Park, Olympic Stadium, Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium, Shibe Park, Veterans Stadium, Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium, Sportsman's Park, Busch Stadium II, Seals Stadium, Candlestick Park, Jack Murphy Stadium, L.A. Coliseum, Joe Robbie Stadium, Mile High Stadium, RFK Stadium
These are all N.L. stadiums Vin called games at which are no longer standing or in use by MLB.
EDIT: he called the World Series for radio or TV from 1979-97, so add in the Metrodome, Yankee Stadium I, Memorial Stadium, and Tiger Stadium. He also did the 1979 and 1981 All-Star Games on radio, so add the Kingdome and Cleveland Stadium. He did NBC Game of the Week from 1983-1989. A quick search of his NBC Game of the Week games will add Comiskey Park and Exhibition Stadium. Assuming he was on site for all Dodgers World Series, add Metropolitan Stadium (Twins) to the list as well.
So for defunct stadiums during his time, that would leave Kansas City Municipal Stadium, Griffith Stadium, Arlington Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington/AmeriQuest/whatever, and Wrigley Field in Los Angeles (though there was probably a Dodgers-Angels exhibition there at some point?)
Did he never call a game in Yankee Stadium? I'd imagine he was in the house during the 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1963, 1977, 1978, and 1981 World Series.
EDIT: Doh! NL, not just every stadium.
his career outlasted those stadiums
That's... Wow. I only made it to 3 of those before they were no more.
That’s just crazy
Well Vin Scully called 100% of the games in my heart. RIP VIN
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