Sit back, relax and listen to Vin Scully recount some remarkable stories from D-Day
Vin Scully recounts tale of D-Day courage during game
Dodgers announcer/America's collective grandfather Vin Scully can spin a yarn with the best of them, instilling grand emotion into just about anything -- up to and including wolves. But during Saturday night's game against the Cardinals, Scully put his knack for narrative toward a far more serious subject: D-Day.
Saturday was the 71st anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, and Scully made sure his audience wouldn't go uninformed, sprinkling anecdotes from that fateful day throughout the game. Ever the showman, he would save his most memorable for last -- as the top of the eighth began, Scully told the tale of Lt. Col. John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, otherwise known as "Mad Jack."
Jack, as you may have guessed, more than lived up to his name:
But while the entirety of Los Angeles struggled to pick its jaw up off the floor, Scully wasn't done.
He closed the night by telling the story of a young author, slated to land on Utah Beach on the frontlines of the invasion. But ocean currents that morning pushed his vessel further down the coast, and he and his fellow soldiers ended up reaching land at a point less-heavily defended by the Germans, helping him survive the day. The author's name? J.D. Salinger, and he happened to have the first six chapters of "Catcher in the Rye" in his backpack the entire time:
Never change, Vin.