This morning I heard a delightful feature on NPR's Morning Edition. It is the story of how Jim Governale found a box of old reel-to-reel tapes in his grandmother's garage and on one of them was a recording of Vin Scully calling the Mets at the Dodgers on June 30, 1962. This was Sandy Koufax's first no-hitter of his storied career. The first of four in four consecutive seasons.
Until now, it was assumed that there was no archived recording of the event.
This story satisfies on so many levels: the generational connections, the stats and trivia, and the timelessness of baseball.
The tape was made by Governale's father on his grandfather's machine. One can easily imagine a kid just fooling around with the equipment perhaps plopping a mic in front of the radio and ending up recording this historic moment...and then preserving it in a box labeled with a headline cut out from the next day's sports page...and then the tape landing in a box in the back of a garage where it would sit for thirty years.
In addition to the complete story, you can link over to recorded excerpts of Scully's play by play of the final inning. There are so many things to savor: the articulate descriptions of the play, the players and the crowd; the drama of the moment. Scully said so much with so few words. Any writer would stand in awe. In many ways, radio was made for baseball. A good announcer could bring you into the park via the imagination in a way that television (or a web-cast) cannot. Listen, close your eyes and be transported.
NPR: Recorded History: Vin Scully Calls a Koufax Milestone