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This past Saturday was one for the books for the west side of Kern County. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Vin Scully—the “man with the golden voice”—was in Taft, California, to commemorate a local baseball and wiffle ball field that bears his name.

The town buzzed with excitement as the crowd, sporting their Dodger best, welcomed Vin. Newly constructed Scully Field will serve as an important gathering place for the community, providing young boys and girls the opportunity to play ball on their own replica of Dodger Stadium.

Taft too made a big impression on Scully. He noted of our community in an interview with MLB, “It’s got that real American feel of small town USA.… You immediately felt much like at home.”

Majority Leader McCarthy had this to say about the Dodger’s legend and his visit to Taft:

“For Vin Scully to be here to dedicate it is pretty exciting, because here we’ve grown up listening to that voice call all those important games. I met Vin a couple of years ago and when they were building this stadium for the kids and wanted to name it after Vin Scully—we just contacted him and he said, ‘Sure, I’ll come up and be part of it,’ and for him and his wife Sandi to come up here means a lot to the thousands of people here… They will talk for generations about the Vin Scully Field and the day he was here.”

View more photos of the field dedication on Flickr.