Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than six decades, has died at the age of 94, the team announced Tuesday.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement.
“The Vin Scully Dodgers were one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant, not just as a broadcaster, but as a humanitarian,” Kasten said.
“He liked people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.
The beloved broadcaster and television broadcaster, who was born Vincent Edward Scully in New York on Nov. 29, 1927, died at his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County, according to the team. He is survived by his five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Among his many honours, Scully received The Presidential Medal of Freedomthe Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York, when he was recruited by Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber to be the third man in the league. broadcast team.
At 25, he became the youngest to broadcast a World Series game in 1953 and when Barber left to join the New York Yankees two years later, Scully was the voice of the Dodgers.
Barber was an early influence on the young broadcaster when he told the Baseball Hall of Fame, “Red was my teacher…and my dad. I don’t know – maybe I would have been the son he never had. It’s not so much that he taught me how to broadcast. It was an attitude. Arrive at the park early. Do your homework. Be ready. Be specific.”
From the perch of the broadcast booth, Scully became the storyteller of baseball’s greatest franchises. He was there when the “Boys of Summer” won their first World Series in 1955 and called the final inning of Don Larsen’s Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series. He was one of more than 20 non- hitters Scully has covered in his career, the team noted.
When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also left his hometown to extend a career that spanned 67 years with the Dodgers, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team, the report said. crew.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he has also been heard on national television as an announcer for golf and football as well as baseball.
His most famous calls include when Hank Aaron of the Braves hit his 715th home run in Atlanta, edging out Babe Ruth, and Kirk Gibson’s injured home run down the 9th in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, speaking after the team beat the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night, said the broadcaster inspired him to be better.
“There is no better storyteller. I think everyone considers him family. It had been in our living rooms for so many generations. Dodger fans consider him part of their family. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live forever.
Fellow Southern California sports icon, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, said that “Dodger Nation” had lost a legend. “I will always remember his smooth delivery style. He had a voice and a way of telling stories that made you think he was talking only to you.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said his disappearance marked the end of a chapter in the history of the city. “He united us, inspired us and showed us all what it means to serve. Our town hall will be lit for you tomorrow Vin, our dear friend, the Voice of LA. Thank you from a grateful and loving city.
Scully aired his last home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.
In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described how it felt: “When I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day at the stadium, I hung a big sign on the booth window door and it said: ‘I’m going to miss you.’ That’s how I felt for the fans.