Jon Weisman transcribes a Red Barber television interview from 1982 during which he describes how Vin Scully got his start:
I was out at the end of the football season, doing a California-Stanford football game. And at halftime, the engineer handed me a note and said, “Ernie Harwell has joined Russ Hodges at the Polo Grounds.” So, flying back to New York, I kept thinking, “Well, who are we gonna get? Who are we gonna get for the third man?” Then I said, “That red-headed fella that went up to Boston did a good job,” so I sent for him, and talked to him for a little bit. And I said, “Would you be interested?”
Well, his eyes got big as teacups. So I said, “You’ll have to go and talk to Mr. Rickey.” Well, in a bout an hour, Mr. Rickey called back, and he said, “Walter?” — he always called me Walter — he said, “Walter, you’ve found the right man.” And that was the beginning.
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(thanks to YankeeFanLen for the heads up)