Joe Buck tried to get Vin Scully to take his place in the World Series

If Joe Buck had had his way, the late great Vin Scully would have taken Buck’s place in the broadcast booth to announce the World Series.

“If he ever showed up and said, ‘I’ll make an entrance,’ I would have been in the dining room watching it,” Buck told The Athletic’s “Sports Media” podcast on Wednesday, after Scully died Tuesday at the age of 94. .

Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, called three World Series during the time he worked for NBC Sports. Buck, who has called 23 World Series for FOX, said he even tried “going through middlemen” and others close to Scully to convince him.

“We’re not running this like a circus, but people want to hear you on national television,” Buck recalls telling Scully. “…If I could somehow pay homage to someone who is so great and let him take my place, it would be, in the strangest way, one of the best moments of my career. I understand why you didn’t want to do it. But I wish he had.”

Buck noted that Dodgers fans frequently wrote letters saying “Let Vin do it.”

Scully waves during her last broadcast in 2016.
Scully waves during her last broadcast in 2016.
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Joe Buck tried to convince Scully to reconvene the World Series.
Joe Buck tried to convince Scully to reconvene the World Series.
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“Yes, please,” Buck said, nodding. “I was hoping you would accept it. … Just that voice and that cadence and that rhythm and that story-weaving ability would have been great.”

Ultimately, Scully, who retired in 2016, never got engaged.

“For an older man, and I’ve seen this with my dad and other people I’ve worked with, being in an unfamiliar situation and on national television, I don’t care who you are, it’s not a comfortable feeling,” Buck said. “That’s why I think he really didn’t want to do it. You’re walking into a completely weird situation, and now someone is whispering in your ear and you have no idea who the hell it is. You’re working with a director you don’t normally work with and you’re working with an analyst you’ve never worked with.”

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