Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vin Scully, on Maury Wills

Vin Scully, from tonight's telecast:

I remember it so well. It all started because of a foul ball off the foot of Don Zimmer.

Zimmer tried to continue to play. They cut a hole in Zimmer's shoe so that he could play with the swollen toe, but he just couldn't do it. Couldn't cover the ground.

So the Dodgers reached down and brought up a fellow by the name of Maurice Morning Wills. And as Casey Stengel said, he could slide like a snake.

Well, Maury was honored Saturday here at Dodger Stadium. Fifty years ago, when he came up in 1959, and led the Dodgers to the pennant and the World Championship against the Chicago White Sox. Those games that were played in the Coliseum.

We called him "the mouse that roared," and that's what he was, without a doubt.

photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers