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Vin Scully Hosts Game Show, February 6, 1969

February 6, 2009 |  9:00 am

In a skit, Tim Conway portrays San Francisco State President S.I. Hayakawa as a samurai warrior preparing to battle student radicals.

Vin Scully was hitting the game-show circuit.

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