Monday, December 25, 2006

Giving Dodger Fans a Good Name

In his "Crowe's Nest" column in today's L.A. Times, Jerry Crowe writes about Dodger fan Jim Governale:

Not everything was for sale this holiday season.

A Claremont man, for instance, discovered in an old box a rare, vintage recording of an immensely popular and critically acclaimed artist, spent hours digitizing it to improve the sound quality and transfer it to CD, ignored advice from friends and co-workers to auction it off to the highest bidder and happily handed it over to the company that signed the artist more than 50 years ago.

He did this, he said, out of respect for the artist and the artist's equally revered subject.

"I just wanted to do what was right," he said.

His name is Jim Governale and the recording is of word-painter extraordinaire Vin Scully's over-the-air description of the final inning of the Dodgers' 5-0 victory over the New York Mets on June 30, 1962, at Dodger Stadium, the only known surviving audio account of the first of Sandy Koufax's four no-hitters.

And if that story weren't cool enough, there's more: Dodgers team historian Mark Langill says excerpts from the recording will be posted at the team's website this week.

UPDATE: Audio has been posted.

UPDATE: Updated link.