• Pull Up a Chair

  • The Vin Scully Story
  • By: Curt Smith
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since 1950, the instantly recognizable voice of Vin Scully has invited listeners to “pull up a chair” for his peerless play-by-play sports reporting. Recruited and mentored by the legendary Red Barber, Scully has narrated NBC’s Game of the Week, 12 All-Star Games, 18 no-hitters, and 25 World Series, describing players from Duke Snider to Orel Hershiser to Manny Ramirez, with hundreds in between. Scully has made every sportscasting Hall of Fame, received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and been named Sportscaster of the 20th Century by the American Sportscasters Association. This long overdue biography of Vin Scully is written by Curt Smith, called “the voice of authority on baseball broadcasting” (USA Today).

©2009 Potomac Books, Inc. (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Riveting and exquisitely reported” ( Washington Post)

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Almost perfect

Nice prose about Mr. Scully. Too bad it wasn’t perfect.
Dolph Camillii’s surname is mispronounced.
B’nai (as in B’nai Brith) is mispronounced. B’nai is B NAY..
Should have gotten Mr. Scully to read the book

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Amazing tribute to the worlds most wholesome man

What a life and legacy Vin has left behind - well worth the read to know a little more about the voice I grew up with telling me all about dodger baseball

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Scattergun story telling

Perhaps there are those who would find this type of storytelling interesting, but for me, I found it very difficult to keep up with. The storyteller goes on various tangents and does not go in chronological order. If you know the Dodgers long history, you can keep up, but if you don’t, you find yourself wondering what is the storyteller talking about? I have been a Dodgers fan for over 60 years and found this book rather disappointing. I finally gave up altogether with an hour of reading to go.

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Like most everyone else, Vin is my best friend that I never met.

I wanted so badly to have” Vin “ himself read this story,.

But I finally gave in, and the narration of this story was wonderful.

Whether you listen to Vin for45 years or just one game, you will love this book.

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this is a wonderful book recommended highly

this book was like going down memory lane minis the summer evening I listened to Vin Scully call a game there are a few such pleasures in the world as sweet

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Not good

Painful if you were actually there. Haphazardly written. More about baseball in general. Jumps around. Reader tries to imitate and does a lousy job.

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Agree with Couldn’t Follow

Great subject, good narrator but abysmal writing. Jumps all over the place making it difficult to follow what should be great story. It felt make told handed put I and was facts story like a bag a random of was…

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great story great person

loved hearing about the famous broadcasts and gsmes. vin scully is a national treasure all should listen to.

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Couldn’t follow

I couldn’t tell if it was the story or the narrator but i couldn’t follow along. It seemed to jump from thought to thought without proper transition.
It couldn’t keep my attention like other biographies.
I suppose an autobiography by Vin Scully, narrated by him, would be the only way to do him justice.

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B-Grade Story on Grade-A Broadcaster and American

Great detail, but a little disappointing after the Dodgers' move to LA. Mr. Scully is a True Legend, and more than deserving of the accolades he has earned.