Dodgers yearbook to spotlight Vin Scully

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully began his record 65th consecutive season of calling Dodgers baseball as the team opened its National League Western Division title defense in Sydney, Australia.

Celebrating this incredible achievement by a truly legendary broadcaster, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2014 Yearbook will commemorate Scully’s years calling all the action with an unprecedented 21-page section entirely in Scully’s words, discussing his life and career at length.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully described the Dodgers season opener in Sydney, Australia as "... well worth the trip." (Photo credit - @dodgers)

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully described the Dodgers season opener in Sydney, Australia as “… well worth the trip.” (Photo credit – @dodgers)

Dodger Insider is the new name for the team’s official game program, with the April issue hot off the presses at the Dodgers’ home opener against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, April 4, and new editions will be published monthly through October.  The program debuted in March at the opening of Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

Scully sat down with Jon Weisman, the Dodgers’ Director of Digital and Print Content, for the interview.  Among the topics Scully discussed are his childhood and adolescence, his ascension to the broadcast booth, his move to Los Angeles and his thoughts about such players as Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig.  The interview is punctuated by personal anecdotes by Scully as he reflects on his life and career.

The 2014 Yearbook also features a month-by-month review of the Dodgers’ Western Division championship 2013 season, a detailed look at the 2014 roster and information about the team’s community efforts, minor league talent and Dodger Stadium improvements, as well as a tribute to Dodgers’ physician Dr. Frank Jobe, who passed away March 6.  One of the greatest medical advancements Jobe developed was “Tommy John” surgery, which has prolonged the careers of many Major League pitchers.

While left-hander Scully graces the cover of the Dodgers’ Yearbook, another outstanding left-hander, Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, is featured on the cover of April’s Dodger Insider.  Inside the magazine, the Kershaw story explores how he came to be the preeminent pitcher in baseball and how he has been influenced by his wife, Ellen, and their annual charitable excursions to Africa.

As part of a more dynamic content approach, Dodger Insider’s April magazine contains more than 30 stories in all, touching nearly every aspect of the organization on and off the field.  Included are such pieces as the advent of instant replay and how it would have changed Dodger history, an interview with Don Mattingly about his approach and influences, an insider’s look at Chad Billingsley’s recovery from Tommy John surgery, stories on the Dodger farm system and a retrospective timed to the 60th anniversary of Walter Alston’s managerial debut.

Along with a sparkling showcase of official team photographer Jon SooHoo’s magnificent work and the traditional scorecard, the new Dodger Insider also offers an expanded, Dodger-themed puzzle-and-game section, Play Ball, to engage fans of all ages, in part incorporating elements of the Dodger Community Affairs Department’s Mathletics educational program.

There are a lot of outstanding photographers out there but none of them can hold a candle to the great Jon SooHoo. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

There are a lot of great photographers out there but none can hold a candle to the great Jon SooHoo. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Dodger Insider serves as a companion to the Dodger Insider blog, located at www.dodgers.com/insider and published multiple times daily.  With interviews, video highlights, analysis, think pieces and more, the blog and magazine versions of Dodger Insider aim to satisfy the casual and hardcore Dodger fan alike by covering the entire Dodger universe.

Dodger Insider magazine and the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook are on sale throughout Dodger Stadium, including the Top of the Park store (open daily and during home games), and online at dodgers.com/magazine.  Subscriptions to the magazine can be ordered at any time.  A digital version of Dodger Insider magazine, featuring embedded video links, is also available.

(Article courtesy of the Dodgers PR Department)

 

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2 Responses to “Dodgers yearbook to spotlight Vin Scully”

  1. Truebluewill says:

    I’m very excited about the 2014 Dodger’s Yearbook. That will be the first souvenir I will buy on Opening Day. The 21-page section entirely in Vin Scully’s words will probably be the closest thing to a book on his life we would ever get from him. As you know I do have a Dodger Yearbook collection but I haven’t bought one in a while. This one is definitely a must have.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      I have never been much of a Dodger Yearbook / Dodger Magazine guy (because of all of the BS ads), but this one is an absolute “must” – and the good news, Will, is that you’ll get 20% off because of my STH discount!

      Man, I can’t wait to see you again, brother!

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