John, I’m pleased to see the golden-voiced Vin Scully, broadcaster for the Dodgers since 1950, in the #1 spot on the list. Growing up in the Los Angeles area in the late 1960s and 1970s, I listened to most Dodgers games on radio and frequently went to sleep to the sound of Scully’s voice. His call of Kirk Gibson’s amazing game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, which I attended, still sends shivers down my spine. (In fact, even reading the text does so.)
Before I married my wife, I told her that no matter how long we both lived, the human voice I would recognize before that of any other was Vin Scully’s. It turns out that she was impressed rather than offended, primarily because, as a student of architectural history, she was surprised that I was on such familiar terms with the Yale professor Vincent Scully.