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Famed Dodgers Broadcaster
Vince Scully Will Return
Next Season For His 67th Season
by Ed Frank
Here in the land of retirees – many of whom retired de-
cades ago – can you imagine working into your late 80’s
and then, maybe for just the first time, you begin thinking
about hanging it up?
A few weeks ago, we wrote about 82-year-old Max Schum-
acher, president and chairman of the Indianapolis Indians
baseball team, who has worked full time for this team for 59
And then last week, Vince Scully, the famous 87-year-old
announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he would be back
next year as the voice of the Dodgers for his 67th year.
Maybe its baseball that provides the fountain of youth.
The ageless Scully, who will turn 88 in November, began with the Dodgers in 1950
when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers. His 66 seasons are the longest tenure any
broadcaster has been with a single team in professional sports history.
In his announcement about returning for the 2016 season, the personable Scully
said it would be the last one.
“I do feel in my bones that will be enough, for sure. I’m sure the people say that
will be enough too,” he said during a press conference.
There has been a litany of great sports casters through the years, but any list would
have to include Scully at the top.
His love of the “Dodger Blue” was evident in 1964 (the Dodgers had moved from
Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958) when the New York Yankees offered Scully the op-
portunity to succeed Mel Allen as their lead play-by-play announcer.
He chose to remain with the Dodgers and his popularity in the Los Angeles area
became such that in 1976 Dodger fans voted him “the most memorable personality”
in the history of the franchise.
We should point out that there is one other Dodger with a longer tenure that
Scully’s – the iconic former player, manager and executive Tommy Lasorda. But it’s
only one year longer than Scully’s 66 years.
Scully’s broadcasting resume is not limited to baseball as he also has worked football
and golf for both NBC and CBS.
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Lexington Country Club Cares 5K
Race Benefits Breast Health Centers
Lexington Country Club and The Fort Myers Track Club are teaming up to pres-
ent the Lexington Cares 5K to help patients who receive care from the Regional
Cancer Center’s Breast Health Centers.
This year’s 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Walk take place on Saturday, October 3
at Lexington Country Club, with a start time of 7:30 a.m. Lexington Country Club is
located at 16257 Willowcrest Way in Fort Myers. Since the race’s inception in 2009,
the event has raised over $100,000.
Pre-registration, with discount, for the race is currently open. Online registration
is available through October 2 at 5 p.m. by visiting www.ftmyerstrackclub.com, while
pre-registration by mail must be post-marked by September 26. Register in person at
the Lexington Country Club Clubhouse through October 2 at 5 p.m. Race day regis-
tration begins at 6:30 a.m.
Individual adult entry fee is $25 through September 10; $30 from September 11
through October 2, and $35 the day of the race. Children, age 12 and under, are $20
through September 10, $25 from September 11 through October 2, and $30 on race
Packet pickup, free T-shirt and race number distribution is set for Friday, October 2
from noon to 5 p.m ., at Lexington’s Administration Office. Shirts are guaranteed only
to those registered by September 10.
The certified race begins and ends at the Lexington Country Club Clubhouse.
Awards will follow the race with results posted later in the day at www.ftmyerstrack-
club.com. Awards will be made to overall male and female: Overall, Masters, Grand
Masters, Senior Grand Masters and to males and females in the following age group
categories, three deep: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,
45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and up.
The race will be held rain or shine; no refunds, please. Due to the nature of the
course and for the safety of all participants, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller
blades, skates, heelys, skateboards, strollers and pets are strictly prohibited. Hot and
humid conditions may exist; participants are advised to drink plenty of fluids before
and after the race.
All participants are invited to a complimentary pancake breakfast buffet following
the race in recognition of their support of the event and the Regional Cancer Center’s
Breast Health Centers.
Learn more and register online at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Call Lexington
Country Club at 437-0404 for additional details, or contact Sally Wilson, Lee Memo-
rial Health System Foundation, at 343-6057 or Sally.Wilson@LeeMemorial.org.
Red Sox Announce 4th Annual
Swings For The Sox Golf Tournament
As part of its continuing community out-
reach efforts, the Red Sox Foundation
will hold its 4th annual Swings For The
Sox golf tournament on Friday, October 23.
The tournament will take place at Tiburon
Golf Club located at the Ritz-Carlton Golf
Resort at 2620 Tiburon Drive in Naples. A
scramble format with prizes for the longest
drive, putting, closest to the pin and more will
begin at 9 a.m.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the newly created Red Sox Schol-
arship in partnership with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. The Red
Sox Foundation plans to award a $5,000 scholarship to attend college to one deserv-
ing student from each of the 13 public high schools in Lee County.
Prior to the tournament, JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox’s 106-
acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex located at 11500 Fenway
South Drive, will host a Party in the Park “Tee Off” Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m .
on Thursday, October 22. All guests will receive ballpark bites and cocktails on the
Green Monster. The night will also include opportunities for participants to take batting
practice swings from home plate for the chance to win 2016 Spring Training season
tickets. Self-guided tours, a one-of-a-kind silent auction and raffle prizes will also take
place during the event. Individual tickets are available for $25. Kids, 12 years old and
younger, are free.
Last year’s 3rd annual event raised more than $50,000 to support the Children’s
Advocacy Center and The Immokalee Foundation
“We were very excited that the first three years of this local Red Sox Foundation
golf tournament not only sold out but has raised $110,000 for local nonprofits,” said
Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations.
This year’s presenting sponsors are CVS Pharmacy and The Hertz Corporation,
along with additional sponsors Marco Island Marriott, Westin Resort Cape Coral,
Aramark, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Crowther Roofing, Marquis Wealth Management and
Tournament sponsorships are still available from $150 to $10,000. Individual play-
ing positions are also available for $250 per person. Foursome player packages begin
All golfers will receive a gift bag, breakfast and lunch at Tiburon before and after
the tournament on Friday, entry into the Party in the Park on Thursday and the op-
portunity to take batting practice on the playing field at JetBlue Park. Tournament
participants will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items
and win unique raffle prizes.
Raffle and silent auction items that can be used to aid in raising more money for
the Red Sox Scholarship and additional funds for those in need throughout Southwest
Florida are also being accepted.
The Red Sox Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official team
charity of the Boston Red Sox. The foundation’s primary focus locally is in serving the
health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across
Southwest Florida. The Red Sox Foundation is one of the most successful in all of
Major League Baseball.
For more information, call 226-4783 or e-mail email@example.com.
Registration Open For 3rd Annual
Surf And Turf Experience On Captiva
Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Surf & Turf Experience fundraiser
to benefit Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC). The fundraiser will take
place from October 16 to 18 at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. The
three-day, two-night sportsman’s weekend consists of three-person teams competing in
fishing and golfing contests.
The weekend activities include a fishing and golf tournament, accommodations
at South Seas Island Resort, evening cocktail receptions, breakfast and lunch. The
$1,500 entry fee also includes the Friday evening dinner and casino night and the Sat-
urday evening dinner featuring an auction and awards ceremony. In addition, players
will receive custom, limited edition apparel and a commemorative gift.
All proceeds from the event will support the mission of DVIC to educate, train and
create meaningful employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled
To register or become a sponsor of the event, contact Stacey Mercado at 433-
7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com.
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