Vin Scully, iconic former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, dies at age 94

Vin Scully, Corridor of Fame broadcaster for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died Tuesday at 94, the group introduced.

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten mentioned in an announcement. “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 served because the Dodgers’ broadcaster for 67 years, together with an eight-year stretch in Brooklyn earlier than the franchise relocated to Los Angeles in 1958. His stint with the Dodgers was the longest time spent by a sports activities broadcaster with anybody group.

A local of The Bronx, Scully was the broadcaster for 25 World Sequence, 20 no-hitters and 12 All-Star Video games. He briefly served in the USA Navy earlier than starting his profession as a broadcaster in 1949, when he referred to as play-by-play for school soccer video games.

Scully began broadcasting Dodgers video games in 1950, becoming a member of the legendary Pink Barber and Connie Desmond. He turned the youngest man to broadcast a World Sequence sport in 1953, when — at age 25 — he changed Barber for the Fall Basic between the Dodgers and the rival New York Yankees.

Scully has acquired quite a few awards and honors throughout his famed profession. He received the Ford C. Frick Award, given yearly by the Baseball Corridor of Fame for “meritorious service by baseball broadcasters,” in 1982 and was named the Prime Sportscaster of All-Time by the American SportsCasters Affiliation in 2009.

Scully additionally acquired the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, which acknowledges accomplishments and contributions of historic significance, in 2014. He turned simply the second non-player to obtain the award, becoming a member of Rachel Robinson (2007).

In 2001, the press field at Dodger Stadium was renamed in Scully’s honor, and in 2016, town of Los Angeles renamed a piece of roadway working from Sundown Boulevard to Stadium Manner as “Vin Scully Avenue.”

The Dodgers additionally honored Scully earlier than their dwelling opener in 2016, his last season as a broadcaster, with a pregame ceremony attended by a number of of the group’s legendary figures, together with Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda.

“I know it’s the perfect time,” Scully mentioned inside Dodger Stadium earlier than the sport on April 12, 2016. “I kept thinking, ‘I’ll be 89 when the season ends. If you go one more year, you’ll be 90.’ I don’t think that’s fair to the listeners. This will be it and I’ll be grateful.”