Dick Wolfsie: Passing remarks – The Daily Reporter


At the end of each year, news stations recount notable people who passed away during the previous 12 months. I’d like to mention a few who meant a great deal to me…

Baseball lost a treasure in 2021. In 1974, Henry Aaron slugged career homerun number 715, eclipsing Babe Ruth’s record after 39 years. Aaron not only held records, he was held in high esteem by most, except for a small minority who resented a Black man surpassing the Bambino. Legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully would have none of it. He called the shot that day:

“A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record by an all-time baseball idol. What a marvelous moment it is for baseball. What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the world.” Then Vin Scully went silent,…

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