Vin Scully longtime Dodgers broadcaster dies at 94.
Vin Scully, the Dodgers’ radio voice for nearly seven decades and a Hall of Fame broadcaster, has died. He was 94.
Scully’s velvety voice and smooth story-telling style made him one of the most adored figures in Dodgers history. In 1950, he began working on the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcasts after graduating from Fordham University, where he also helped found student radio station WFUV. He moved west with the team after the 1957 season, when it relocated to Los Angeles.
“He was the Dodgers’ voice and so much more. From Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw, he was their conscience, their laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory “the Dodgers announced in a statement. “Vin Scully was the Dodgers’ — and, in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2022
Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965 was one of his many memorable moments behind the microphone. That game’s ninth-inning call has been described as “pure baseball literature.” “There are 29,000 people and a million butterflies in the ballpark,” Scully said.
His voice became more well-known when he worked for CBS from 1975 to 1982, calling baseball, NFL football, and golf. From 1983 to 1989, he worked as the network’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer for NBC.
During this time, he made some of his most memorable calls. Most fans will remember Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit homer for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland A’s.
“The unthinkable has happened in such an unlikely year!” After more than a minute of letting the images speak for themselves, Scully exclaimed.
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Though he didn’t travel as much in his later years, Scully continued to call the majority of Dodgers home games until his retirement following the 2016 season.
His numerous awards and honors include the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award in 1982, a lifetime achievement Emmy in 1995, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated in 2001, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. The press box at Dodger Stadium is also named after Scully.
“We’ve lost an icon,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten said. “Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers was one of the greatest voices in sports.” He was a giant not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian. He was a people person. He was passionate about life. He adored baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers. And he cared deeply about his family. His voice will always be heard and imprinted in all of our minds.
“I know he was looking forward to seeing his love, Sandi.” During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Vin will truly be missed.”