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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vin Scully: Brian Wilson’s beard reminded me of Smith Brothers cough drops

Brian Wilson Smith Brothers

Vin Scully truly is one of a kind.

The legendary Dodgers announcer regularly brings up the level of sports broadcasting with his combination of historical references, poetic language, and masterful storytelling. On Monday night, the 85-year-old broadcaster sent fans scrambling to their search engines to understand one of his references.

Per Pedro Moura and others on Twitter, Scully said that Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson reminded him of a Smith Bros cough drop box:

Smith Bros cough drop

The Smith Brothers were the makers of the first cough drop sold and advertised in the US, and they were known for having their famous faces on the box of their product. Likewise, Wilson has become well known for his bushy beard. In fact, he was even offered $1 million recently to shave his beard, but said he was keeping it.

If Scully thinks Wilson looks like one of the Smith brothers, he should take a look at how Wilson compares to all these old tobacco cards.



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