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Pick of the day: 'The Transistor Kid'

Turns out they won't have to cancel the 2011 Major League Baseball season, after all: The incomparable Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully -- baseball's poet laureate, who'd threatened to hang up his microphone after the current campaign -- announced Sunday that he will, in fact, return for another year in the Dodgers' broadcast booth. The games can now go on, with Scully calling the action, just as he has since the Brooklyn Dodgers challenged the Philadelphia Phillies for the National League title ... in 1950.

Scully is simply the best (and I say that as a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan/Los Angeles Dodgers hater) -- a nonpareil storyteller with an impossibly mellifluous voice. He's been brilliant forever, it seems (though I can't vouch for his work at WTOP, where Scully landed after attending Fordham University) -- long enough that he was already being recognized as master of his domain in 1964, when Robert Creamer profiled him for Sports Illustrated, noting that "Vin Scully's voice is better known to most Los Angelenos than their next-door neighbor's is."

The piece explains why Scully was particularly successful in car-mad Southern California after the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn; as with any Scully broadcast, it also contains some superb stories. It's absolutely worth reading -- just as Scully is always worth a listen when he's behind the microphone.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | August 23, 2010; 8:06 AM ET
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