Monday, September 14, 2009

Vin Scully, on Crossing the Line

Jackie Robinson, Sal Maglie and Carl Furillo.

Vin Scully, from yesterday's telecast:

Maybe it's a turnabout, I mean I can remember a long time ago, when the number-one Giant pitcher, his name was Sal Maglie, and he had the nickname of "The Barber."

The reason they called him "The Barber" — not because he cut hair, but to use the old slang, he would give the hitters a shave. It'd be a fastball under the chin, and then a slider down and away.

And for Maglie, he was really hated in the borough of Brooklyn.

And then one day, a trade, and Maglie wound up with the Dodgers, rooming with a fella for whom he had all kinds of battles, Carl Furillo.

And then the cap? He pitched a no-hitter, did Maglie, against the Phillies, and a star was born and forgiven at the same time.

Brad Penny, now in a Giant uniform, makes his first pitch down and away....