Saturday, September 30, 2023 3:47 a.m
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — It only took 30 years for this rookie to reach the big leagues, but Johnny Doskow is finally living his dream.
The Oakland A’s newest announcer began his broadcasting career at age 26, thinking he would play around in the minor leagues for a few years before finally being called up to the show.
It took a little longer.
Doskow, who grew up in Southern California watching games at Dodger Stadium, spent three years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Then he came to California and ended up working in one minor league market after another until he finally landed in Sacramento in 2001.
“I thought I would be at Triple-A for a couple of years,” he recalled. “But it still took about 22 minutes. So it took a little longer than I expected.”
Finally, at age 56, the Oakland A’s acquired Doskow earlier this season.
And when the team came to Dodger Stadium this summer, he got to see a childhood dream come true.
Doskow was college roommates with ABC7’s Rob Fukuzaki at the University of La Verne.
The two remember going to Dodger games with a tape recorder and practicing what they would call plays.
They both wanted to be just like Vin Scully. Decades later, Doskow was allowed to call a game with the A’s at Dodger Stadium from the press box named after the broadcasting legend.
“As I was coming up on the bus, I had tears in my eyes thinking about how many times I came here as a kid,” Doskow said. “A lot of kids dreamed of playing at Dodger Stadium. I dreamed of broadcasting at Dodger Stadium.”
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