Vin Scully: Dodgers legend dies at 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. He was a giant, not only as a TV presenter, but also as a humanist,” Castaing 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 will forever remain in our minds.”

favorite radio and TV presenter, who was born Vincent Edward Scully in New York on November 29, 1927, according to the team, died at his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County. He is survived by five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Among his many awards, Scully has received Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York when he was recruited Red Barber Hall of Fame broadcaster be the third person in the film crew.

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 had an early influence on the young broadcaster. as he told the Baseball Hall of Fame: “Red was my teacher…and my father. I don’t know – maybe I was the son he never had. It was not so much that he taught me to broadcast, to the park early. Do your homework. Be ready. Be precise.”
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From 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 Don Larsen’s final opportunity for perfect play in the 1956 World Series. The team noted that it was one of more than 20 no-hitters that Scully covered during his career.

When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also left his hometown to pursue a career that spanned 67 years with the Dodgers, the longest tenure of any one-team broadcaster, the team said. .

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

His most famous calls included hitting Hank Aaron of the Braves. his 715th home run in Atlantaahead of Babe Ruth and an injured Kirk Gibson. home run at the bottom of the 9th in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Friends and fans pay tribute

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

Fellow Southern California sports icon, Ervin “Magic” Johnson, said “Nation of Dodgers” lost the legend. “I will always remember his smooth broadcasting style. He had a voice and a way of telling stories that made you think he was only talking to you.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James described Scully as “Another great person who made the sport so damn special.”
Tennis great Billie Jean King said that Scully would be missed: “He was a true sports storyteller.” she said on twitter
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti his departure marked the end of the chapter in the history of the city. “He united us, inspired and showed us all what it means to serve. Tomorrow our city hall will light up 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 for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.

In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described what it was like: “As I was leaving Dodger Stadium, on my last day at the stadium, I hung a big sign out of the booth window door that said, ‘I’ll miss you. by you. That’s how I treated the fans.”

Gillian Martin of CNN contributed to this report.