The legendary Dodgers broadcaster had signed on to host "It Takes Two" on NBC. In an interview Feb. 11 with Times columnist Charles Maher, Scully sounded very much like a man thinking about life after baseball.
"I might be the poor man's Art Linkletter," he said. "Maybe that's what I hope to do -- some day."
Maher added: "Some day may be very close at hand."
Thankfully, it wasn't. Scully is still very much with the Dodgers.
"I'd like to try it just to see if I can do it. So if the time comes when I want to call it a career with the Dodgers, I'd have something else to do," Scully said. Seems impossible that he thought a Plan B was necessary.
"I really love baseball. ... The only thing I hate -- and I know you have to be realistic and pay the bills in this life -- is the loneliness on the road," Scully said. "I know there are a lot worse jobs. I used to wash dishes in a hotel. And I used to be a mailman. And once I was a milkman. I had to get up at 2:30 in the morning to load the truck. That was beautiful. Doubleheaders and traveling are sensational next to that.
"I've got a racket. But I hate to see nights and days go by without seeing the family. Time is the most precious thing of all, and I hate to squander it."
-- Keith Thursby