Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field

We don't get TWC at SoSG Worldwide Headquarters, so we apologize for the lack of new Vin transcriptions this season. But we've dipped into the archives (OK, last year's games) to bring you some fresh transcriptions we haven't run yet.

Vin Scully, from the sixth inning of the Mets-Dodgers game on August 13, 2013:

It was memorable to have a chance of working in Ebbets Field. It was a delightful place.

On this day in 1951, for several years, the Dodgers had a group of fans who had musical instruments. They didn't play 'em well, but they had instruments. They were called the Dodgers Sym-phony.

Well, the local labor union decided the Dodgers had to pay this group, this motley group of players. Pay them. And of course they weren't going to do that.

So we'll tell you what happened, but we don't want to miss a pitch down here. And we'll get back to Ebbets Field after this.

So the Dodgers decided, Well, we're certainly not going to pay a bunch of fellows who are kidding around with musical instruments. So let's send 'em off, and we'll have a night dedicated to amateur musicians.

And if you bring an instrument, you don't have to know how to play it. But if you bring the instrument to the ballpark, you can come on in.

And several thousand people came with every imaginable thing that you can imagine. Violins and saxophones, harmonicas, trumpets. And you can imagine the noise was like nothing you have ever heard anywhere — and I wouldn't wish you to hear the noise anywhere.

One man drove up, tongue in cheek, I'm sure, with a flatbed truck and a piano. Said, "Can I come in?"

And they said, "If you can move the piano, you can come in."

Fly ball, Schumaker is out there, one away.

Well that was Music Depreciation Night at Ebbets Field back in 1951.

And the batter, Daniel Murphy, who singled to left, flied to center....