Newly retired Vin Scully has grade-school speaking gig

Vin Scully, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who is in the final days of his 67-year career covering Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games, waves to the fans at Dodger Stadium before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Vin Scully, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who is in the final days of his 67-year career covering Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games, waves to the fans at Dodger Stadium before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully is keeping busy in retirement, joking with Jimmy Kimmel that he’s been to the hardware store since ending his 67-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In his first television interview since calling his last game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco, Scully told the late-night talk show host Thursday that he has a “very important engagement” on Monday.

“I’m lecturing at the sixth-grade school at Saint Mel’s,” Scully said, referring to the Catholic elementary school in Woodland Hills where his grandson and granddaughter attend.

“If I can’t think of something to do, someone out there will,” he said, noting he has 16 grandchildren.

Scully taped the appearance hours before the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 to clinch their National League Division Series in five games.

“I expect them to win,” he said.

Scully discussed his early days broadcasting at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the Dodgers moved West from Brooklyn for the 1958 season. Fans toted transistor radios to follow the action described by Scully because they sat too far away from the field in the vast stadium. After the team moved to Dodger Stadium, fans continued to bring radios to hear Scully.

“I did put most of Southern California to sleep,” he joked. “The transistor radio went under the pillow. I hear that my entire life now.”