Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has died at age 94

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has died at age 94

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement.

“The Dodgers Vin Scully was one of the biggest voices in all of sports. He was a giant man, not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian,” Kasten said.

“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.”

the dear radio and television announcer, who was born Vincent Edward Scully in New York on November 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 her many honors, 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 Fordham University graduate, Scully began his career with the Dodgers in his original home of Brooklyn, New York, when he was recruited by Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber to be the third man on the broadcast team.

At 25, he became the youngest person 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 one of the young broadcaster’s early influences when he told the Baseball Hall of Fame: “Red was my teacher … and my father. I don’t know, he could have been the son he never had. He wasn’t.” It is so much that he taught me to transmit. It was an attitude. Get to the park early. Do your homework. Be prepared. Be precise.”
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From the position 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 innings of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. It was one of more than 20 no-hitters Scully covered in his career. , the team noted.

When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also departed his hometown to extend a 67-year career with the Dodgers, the longest tenure by any broadcaster with a single team, the team said.

In addition to covering the Dodgers, he was also heard on national television as a golf and football announcer, as well as a baseball announcer.

His most famous calls included when the Braves’ Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run in Atlanta, passing Babe Ruth, and the injured Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Friends and fans pay their respects

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, speaking after the team beat the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night, said the female announcer inspired him to be better.
“There’s no better storyteller. I think everyone considers him family. He’s been in our living rooms for so many generations. Dodgers fans consider him part of their family. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.”

Southern California sports icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson said “Dodger Nation” I had lost a legend. “I’ll always remember his smooth delivery style. She had a voice and storytelling that made you think she was only talking to you.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James described Scully as “Another great who made sports so special.”
Tennis great Billy Jean King said Scully would be missed: “He was a real sports storyteller.” she said on twitter
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said his passing marked the end of a chapter in the history of the city. “He brought us together, inspired us and showed us all what it means to serve. Our City Hall will be lit up tomorrow for you Vin, our dear friend, the Voice of Los Angeles. Thank you from a grateful and loving city.

Scully broadcast his last home game with the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.

In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described how she felt: “As I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day in the stadium, I hung a big sign on the booth window door and it said, ‘I’ll miss you. It’s how I feel about the fans.”

CNN’s Jillian Martin contributed to this report.

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