Dodgers fans will get the opportunity to own a piece of baseball memorabilia directly from Vin Scully. The legendary broadcaster was set to auction off items from his career during All-Star weekend, but COVID-19 had other plans. As a result, the auction has been moved online, and bidding starts this Friday.
Vin was the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. As you can imagine, he has a lot of stuff that he acquired over the course of those nearly 7 decades in the booth. He talked about those items and his motivation for getting rid of them at 92 years of age,
It’s not just a collection of cold, inanimate objects. There are things that mean a great deal to me, but now it’s time to let someone else treasure them…It seemed to be the right time to help everybody. We’re trying to do as much as possible before I hopefully go to heaven.
Among some of Scully’s favorites being auction is a letter from Red Barber, a mentor to Vin in the Dodgers’ booth. There is also a scrapbook compiled by his mother from the 1950s, highlighting some of Vin’s career at the time.
Some of the profits from the auction will go towards Vin’s many children and grandchildren. The rest of the proceeds go to UCLA for neuromuscular research. Scully said his wife suffers from a condition related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, part of the motivation for the Dodgers’ broadcaster to benefit UCLA.
Vin has now been retired from the Dodgers broadcasting job for four years. Despite that, you can hear his voice scattered all over broadcasts and events. Most recently, Vin appeared on a tribute video for the late Kobe Bryant.