|Vin Scully, Rose Prez Scott Jenkins|
The legendary broadcaster joins the ranks of dozens who have served as the leader of the annual event in Pasadena, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Richard Nixon.
Speaking at the announcement ceremony at the tournament’s Orange Grove Boulevard house in Pasadena, Scully recalled riding in the parade on a Dodgers float, saying it reminded him of the sound of the crowd he heard when listening to football games on the radio as a boy, according to KTLA.com.
“That turn, when you suddenly start going down Colorado, it’s like going through a canyon of people, not walls of stone. And the crowd begins to roar at the floats, and there I am, once again, 8 years old, curled up under the radio,” Scully said. “It’s a remarkable experience. I’m humbled over the thought that I will experience it again as the grand marshal.”
The marshal rides in the New Year’s Day parade and tosses the coin before the Rose Bowl Game, which on Jan. 1 will mark its 100th anniversary.
Hall of Fame broadcaster and sports icon Scully, 85, began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He came with the team to Los Angeles in 1958. Scully’s wife Sandra will ride in the parade with him, Scully said.
The Tournament of Roses’ 2014 parade — the 125th — is themed “Dreams Come True.”
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