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The Voice of the Dodgers
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This week's guests are Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully, who just wrapped up his 63rd season as the voice of the Dodgers, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. Bobby spent 40 years with the Redskins as a player and a front office executive.
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Sports and Torts: Vin Scully

Vin Scully holds the distinction of the longest consecutive service of any current major league broadcaster for one team. When you think of the Dodgers, you think of Vin Scully. And After 63 seasons - he's won nearly ever award possible, from Sportscaster of the 20th Century, to being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We were honored to have him on the program.
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Sports and Torts: Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell

Few offensive stars ever found more ways to inflict telling damage on a National Football League opponent than did Bobby Mitchell in his 11 seasons with first the Cleveland Browns from 1958 through 1961 and then the Washington Redskins for the next seven seasons. We'll look back on his career, from the early days at Illinois, to his time in the front office of the Redskins.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Vin Scully
Born in the Bronx on November 27, 1927, Scully began his broadcasting career while attending Fordham University. He announced baseball games over the University’s radio station and also got some experience “in the field” by playing for the team for two seasons. A year after graduating, Vin joined the Dodgers in 1950, where he worked alongside Radio Hall of Famer and baseball legend Red Barber. Because he has been with the Dodgers both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Scully has described the heroics of some of the greatest players of the second half of the 20th century. The exploits of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, as well as the world championship seasons of 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988, have unfolded before the perceptive eyes of Vin Scully. In 1965, Scully brought the thrill of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game to Dodger fans everywhere. Scully is so well-regarded for his mastery of the English language and his enviable demeanor that the “voice of the Dodgers” has become the “voice of the World Series” year after year for the CBS Radio Network. In 1976, Dodger fans voted Scully the “most memorable personality” in Los Angeles Dodger history. Vin Scully was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. Vin recently completed his 63rd season in the Dodgers booth, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history, He is second by one year to only Tommy Lasorda in terms of number of years with the Dodgers organization in any capacity. Scully currently calls most Dodger home games (and selected road games) on Prime Ticket, KCAL television, and KLAC radio. He is known for his dulcet voice and signature introduction to Dodger games, "It's time for Dodger Baseball."

Vin's Website

 
Bobby Mitchell
Mitchell was a running back at the University of Illinois and in his first three NFL seasons, with the Cleveland Browns. The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder had sprinter speed and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He had a 98-yard kickoff return as a rookie in 1958 and the following year he returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and had 232 yards rushing in one game. The Browns traded him to the Washington Redskins in 1962 for the draft rights to Ernie Davis of Syracuse University. Mitchell became the first black star for Washington, the last NFL team to be integrated. Moved to wide receiver, Mitchell led the league in receptions with 72 and reception yardage with 1,384 yards in his first season with the Redskins. He caught 58 or more passes each of the next five years. Mitchell retired after catching only 14 passes in 1968. An All-Pro in 1962 and 1964, Mitchell played in four Pro Bowls. During his career, he caught 521 passes for 7,954 yards, a 15.3 average, and 65 touchdowns; rushed 513 times for 2,735 yards, a 5.3 average, and 18 touchdowns; returned 102 kickoffs for 2,690 yards, a 26.4 average, and 5 touchdowns; and ran back 69 punts for 699 yards, a 10.1 average, and 3 touchdowns.fter retiring from football in 1968, Mitchell remained with the Redskins, at the request of then head coach Vince Lombardi, as a pro scout. He would later gradually move up in the ranks to assistant general manager in the organization. Then in 2003 Mitchell retired, stating that he was "deeply hurt" by the manner in which late owner Jack Kent Cooke passed him over as the team's general manager in 1988 and by then-coach Steve Spurrier's decision to issue his uniform number to Leonard Stephens that season. Mitchell was also passed over for the Redskins GM job in 1978 in favor of Bobby Beathard. As a player and a front office executive, Mitchell spent 40 years with the Redskins.

Bobby's Page at the Pro Football Hall of Fame