Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully dies at 94
Legendary and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully passed away at the age of 94. Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten announced the news in a statement on Tuesday night.
Scully was born in the Bronx, New York, and began broadcasting Dodger games in 1950. His broadcasting career included 12 MLB All-Star games and 25 World Series games. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him into its broadcasters’ wing in 1982.
“We have lost an icon, Kasten said. “Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but as a humanitarian.
“He loved 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. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.”
Scully, with his soothing, insight-filled style, are timeless to Dodgers fans despite the team’s players, managers, executives, and owners changing. His legacy as a broadcaster and Dodgers legend will live on forever.
In his broadcasts, he would begin with his familiar greeting, saying, “Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be.”
From 1950 until his retirement in 2016, Scully’s broadcast was a constant companion for generations of Dodgers fans. His voice was heard in many historic moments in sports, including Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in the 1988 World Series to Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.
October 2, 2016, marked Scully’s final broadcast in San Francisco. “I have said enough for a lifetime. And for the last time, I wish you all a very pleasant good afternoon,” he said as the final out.
"A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol," Scully told listeners. "What a marvelous moment for baseball."
- Vin Scully
One of the greatest voices in all of sports
Starting in 1950 (when the Los Angeles Dodgers were located in Brooklyn) and ending in 2016, Vin Scully called games for 67 seasons for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
From 1975 to 1982, Scully also called various nationally televised football and golf contests for CBS Sports, and from 1983 to 1989, he was NBC Sports’ lead baseball announcer. Additionally, he called the World Series from 1979 to 1982 and again from 1990 to 1997 for CBS Radio.
Vin Scully ice skating with Jackie Robinson. Vin was really a part of history pic.twitter.com/Gpg0JoHw0u
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 3, 2022
"We have lost an icon, The Dodgers' Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but as a humanitarian. He loved 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. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed."
- Stan Kasten - Dodgers president and CEO
“We had this big old radio, and I would crawl underneath it, and the speakers would be directly over my head,” he told The Times in 1994. “Something would happen, and the announcer would get excited. The crowd would roar, the sound would come out of that speaker like water out of a showerhead, and it seemed to wash down on me.”
- Vin Scully
“You were simply always there for me. I have always felt that I needed you more than you needed me and that holds true to this very day. I have been privileged to share in your passion and love for this great game.”
Vincent Edward Scully was an American sportscaster. He was best known for his 67 seasons calling games for Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers, beginning in 1950 and ending in 2016.wikipedia
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