Among the many who will miss Sandra Scully, the wife of Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, is Mark Langill, the longtime Dodgers historian saddened by the news of her death last Sunday.
On Wednesday, Langill, a South Pasadena resident, reflected on the passing of the 76-year-old Sandra who had been battling neuromuscular disease over the past several years. “Despite the heroic efforts of the amazing team of doctors and nurses at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, she succumbed to complications from ALS,” read a statement from the Dodgers.
“It was a privilege to know Sandra Scully for more than 25 years through my association with Vin and the Dodgers,” explained Langill. “They made a great team and I will carry special memories of watching their devotion to one another; whether Vin calling home before the start of a game or in his final season of 2016 when Sandra would visit the ballpark and truly make Dodger Stadium a ‘home game.’”
Last November the couple celebrated their 47th year of marriage.
A frequent visitor, Sandra would sit in back of the broadcast booth during Vin’s farewell campaign, 67 in all with the organization. Among the highlights of that 2016 campaign was her exchanging a high-five with her husband, now 93, following Charlie Culberson’s 10th inning walk-off home run, giving LA a 4-3 victory in the final home game to clinch the National League West over the Colorado Rockies.
Over the stadium’s public address system in a story detailed in the Los Angeles Times came the song “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” which featured lyrics: “So I was the one with all the glory, while you were the one with all the strength…I want you to know the truth, of course, I know it, I would be nothing without you.”
While the music blared loudly to a filled stadium of 51,962 that night, with fans dancing in their seats, what they didn’t know is that Vin sang the song karaoke style to Sandra years earlier, 1991 in fact, out of an abundance of love.
“It’s hard to even talk about it,” Langill told the Times, reflecting on Vin Scully’s final broadcast at Dodger Stadium. “It was typical Vin – everything turns into a wonderful story. He pulls this song off a karaoke machine, and there’s not a dry eye in the house. I mean, c’mon, how much more can you add not only to the drama of that game, but to the beauty of the love story.”
Donations can be made to the Department of Neuromuscular Disease at UCLA/ALS Research in Sandra Scully’s name.