OTDIB – May 13th – Larry Miggins and Vin Scully forever intertwined
May 13th, 1952 Larry Miggins, boyhood friend of Vin Scully hits his first home run with Vin Scully making the call
Larry Miggins hits the first of his two major league home runs, going deep off Preacher Roe in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 14-8 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The round-tripper hit by the Bronx-born outfielder, who had once shared his dream of playing in big leagues during a prep school assembly with a buddy with aspirations to be a baseball broadcaster, is called by an overwhelmed Vin Scully, Brooklyn’s play-by-play announcer who had wondered that day with his friend “what the odds against that would be.
Sometimes I just find nuggets OTDIB that blow my mind and this was one of them. I had never heard this story before so I googled Larry Miggins. Much to my dismay, I found out I was a few days short because it was all over the Dodger blogs already. Oh well, it was new info for me.
“I was a senior and he was a junior,” Miggins recalled. “We had an assembly for some reason and he ended up sitting right behind me. He grabbed me by the shoulder and said, ‘Larry, you’re going to be in the big leagues and the first time you hit a home run, I’m going to be the announcer to tell the world about it.’ Can you imagine that? He’s 15 years old. I’ll be damned if it didn’t happen.”
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This is great.
My mom sat behind Ray Bradbury in her sophomore English class ar LA High.
This is beyond awesome.