“The time on the scoreboard is 9:44. The date, September the ninth, 1965…” On this day 55 years ago, the legendary Vin Scully set up the call of a lifetime for the game of a lifetime. The Dodgers were playing the Chicago Cubs at a three-year-old Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax faced 27 batters and got ’em all.
Today, 55 years later, Scully recalls the historic night in Los Angeles.
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) September 9, 2020
Mr Scully, of course, shared a story for the occasion… go ahead and pull up a chair.
There’s been a lot written about Sandy Koufax perfect game … but there’s a little story in the game itself that I don’t believe has ever been told before. … With one out in the ninth inning and the crowd going wild, Joe Amalfitano — who later on would become a Dodger coach — came up to the plate and struck out.
Crowd went wild. One out to go.
As Joe walked back towards the dugout, kneeling in the on-deck circle was teammate Harvey Kuenn and Amalfatano said to Kuenn amidst all the roar, ‘boy, he’s really bringing it tonight.’ And Harvey said to Joey, ‘I’ll be right back.’
The Koufax game is a thing of legend amongst the long-time baseball faithful thanks in part to Scully and his illuminating call from that night. Moreover, the story goes that Vin wasn’t calling that game in that way for baseball or for fans, he was tailoring it as a gift for Sandy himself. As something he could look back on and watch after his playing days were over.
There will never be another Vincent Edward Scully.