Legendary American radio and TV host Vin Scully, who voiced the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for 67 years, has died at the age of 94.
“We have lost an icon,” said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and CEO.
“Vin Scully of the Dodgers was one of the greatest voices in all of sports,” Castaing added. “His voice will always be heard and engraved in all our minds forever.”
While baseball never managed to gain a foothold in Europe, largely due to the popularity of so many established sports, Scully was a U.S. national treasure, a man whose pleasant tone was a constant and insightful presence for fans of the sport.
Other big names worthy of respect include tennis legend Billie Jean King, who called Scully “a true sports storyteller,” and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who called Scully “another great person who made the sport so damn special.”
Broadcasting Veteran Honored at Hite House and on TV
Born Vincent Edward Scully on November 29, 1927 in the Bronx, New York, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953 at the age of 25.
By the time he broadcast his last home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016, he had earned the honor of being the longest-serving one-team broadcaster in professional sports history.
Among his many awards, Scully has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2016, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the President of the United States.
Another notable honor was received through television. Indeed, for discerning series fans and movie buffs who happen to have a baseball blind spot, Scully has been indirectly immortalized in the hit series The X-Files. Creator Chris Carter named agent Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) after Vin Scully.
Vin Scully is survived by five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.