Vin Scully, the legendary “voice of the Dodgers”, dies at the age of 94


Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, the “voice of the Dodgers” for more than six decades, died Tuesday, the team said. He was 94.

“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in many ways the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement announcing his death on Twitter.

More than a broadcaster describing the action on the diamond, Scully was the “Conscience of the Dodgers, their Poet Prince, capturing their beauty and chronicling their fame from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw,” it says in the team’s statement.

In 2016, after 67 years, Scully retired, ending a career that stretched back to when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1950s.

His play-by-plays reached generations of Dodgers fans as he cemented his place in fan hearts and in the history books as the broadcaster with the longest tenure with a single team in professional sports history.

He opened broadcasts with the familiar greeting: “Hello everyone and a very pleasant good evening, wherever you may be.”

Stan Kasten, the team’s president and CEO, said in the Dodgers’ Twitter post that Scully is an icon, a broadcast giant and a philanthropist.

“He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family,” said Kasten. “His voice will always be heard and etched into our memories forever.”

The team did not provide any information about his death.

Scully had been honored by everyone from the National Baseball Hall of Fame to the White House. He received the Hall of Fame’s 1982 Ford C. Frick Award for Outstanding Broadcasting Achievement and the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Scully received the MLB Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014, congratulating him on his decades of service to baseball.

And earlier this year, he received Baseball Digest’s second Lifetime Achievement Award. A 17-member panel selected from a list of candidates that included Koufax, Bobby Cox, Rachel Robinson, Bud Selig and Joe Torre, among others.

“Vin Scully was not only the voice of the Dodgers, he was the soundtrack of our national game for an incredible seven decades,” said David Fagley, editor of Baseball Digest, at the time.

Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29, 1927 in the Bronx.

Scully, who played outfield on Fordham University’s baseball team for two years, began his career working on baseball, football and basketball games for the university radio station.

At the age of 22, he was hired by a CBS affiliate in Washington, DC

He soon joined Hall of Famers Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio and television booths. In 1953, at age 25, Scully became the youngest person to air a World Series game, a mark that still stands.

He moved west with the Dodgers in 1958. Scully called three perfect plays – Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991 – and 18 no-hitters.

He was also on the air when Don Drysdale went on his scoreless streak of 58 2/3 innings in 1968, and again when Hershiser broke the record of 59 straight innings without a score 20 years later.

When Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record with his 715th home run in 1974, it was against the Dodgers and of course Scully said.

“A black man gets a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking an all-time baseball idol record,” Scully told the audience. “What a wonderful moment for baseball.”

After retiring, Scully made few appearances at Dodger Stadium, and his sweet voice could be heard occasionally narrating a video that played during games. Most of the time he was content to stay close to home.

“I just want to be remembered as a good man, an honest man and one who lived up to his own beliefs,” he said in 2016.

He was preceded by his second wife Sandra, who died of complications from ALS last year at the age of 76. The couple, who were married for 47 years, had one daughter, Catherine. Scully’s other children are Kelly, Erin, Todd and Kevin. One son, Michael, died in a helicopter crash in 1994. Vin Scully, the legendary “voice of the Dodgers”, dies at the age of 94

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