Had Joe Buck been successful, the late great Vin Scully would have taken Buck’s place in the broadcast booth to call the World Series.
“If he had ever shown up and said, ‘I’ll do a run,’ I would have been in the dining room watching him,” Buck told The Athletic’s “Sports Media” podcast on Wednesday, after Scully passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94. .
Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, called three World Series while working for NBC Sports. Buck – who called 23 World Series for FOX – said he even tried “going through intermediaries” and others close to Scully to convince him.
“We don’t work in a circus, but people want to hear you on national TV,” Buck recalled telling Scully. “…If I could somehow pay homage to someone who is so great and let them take my place, that would be, in the weirdest way, one of the highlights of my career. I understand why he didn’t want to do it. But I just wish he did.
Buck noted that Dodgers fans frequently wrote letters saying “Let Vin do it”.
“Yes, please,” Buck said, okay. “I was hoping he would go for her. … Just that voice and that cadence and that rhythm and that ability to weave stories would have been so great.
Ultimately, Scully – who retired in 2016 – never had to.
“For an older man, and I’ve seen this with my dad and others I’ve worked with, being in an unknown situation and on national television, I don’t care who you are, it’s not a comfortable feeling,” Buck said. “That’s why I think he didn’t really want to do it. You walk into a completely alien situation, and now someone is whispering in your ear and you have no idea who the hell it is. You’re working with a director you don’t usually work with, and you’re working with an analyst you’ve never worked with.