"My mom was 92," he says. "My dad had died six months earlier. I called and told her I was coming with some news. She was excited. She fixed lunch.
"I told her I got the Dodgers job. She says, 'Oh, wow. When do we move to L.A.?'
"My cellphone rings. The voice on the other end says, 'Charley, this is Vin. Welcome to the Dodgers family.' I tell my mom I better take this call.
"I am getting chills up and down my spine. Same house where I first heard that voice. Same house where I first wanted to be what I had just become."
Charley and Gertrude Steiner moved to Los Angeles, she into an assisted-living home, where she could hear her son call games. She died five years ago.
Saturday night in Chicago, Steiner will tell much of this story. Surrounding him will be pictures of his sports predecessors — the Hall is for all of radio, not just sports. Steiner's previously inducted peers include the likes of Red Barber, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Mel Allen, Bob Uecker, even Ronald Reagan, who used to dazzle them on WHO in Des Moines.
Oh, yes, and that Scully guy, who is sports radio's Sultan of Swat.
"I tell people I have the perfect job," Steiner says. "Everyday, I go to work and get to play pepper with Babe Ruth."
Now, Charley Steiner gets to do more than play pepper. He gets to join Babe's club.