Vin Scully, broadcasting legend, has died at the age of 94. Scully started calling games for the Dodgers in 1950, and worked 67 seasons behind the mic for the organization, in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Vin Scully, a renowned Dodgers commentator, passed away on Tuesday night. He was 94.
“We have lost an icon,” stated Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Dodgers. “Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in the history of sports. He was a behemoth of a man who was not just a journalist but also a humanitarian. He had a passion for people. He valued living. He was a baseball and Dodgers fan.”
Vin Scully was the beating heart of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in many respects, he was also the beating heart of the city of Los Angeles as a whole.
After graduating from Fordham University in 1949 with a degree in journalism and experience as a student broadcaster, Scully launched his career in broadcasting the following year. During the 1950 season, while the Dodgers were still playing in Brooklyn, he joined the radio and television booths of the Dodgers organization. Scully moved to Los Angeles in 1958 along with the Dodgers and remained with the organization until the year 2016, when he officially retired.
In addition to that, he worked in national broadcasting for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the PGA Tour. Between the years 1975 and 1982, he was employed by CBS Sports. Between 1983 and 1989, he was with NBC Sports.
The call that Vin Scully made in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, when a crippled Kirk Gibson came through with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run, is perhaps the most memorable call that Scully ever made:
In 1982, Scully was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, and in 2014, Bud Selig presented him with the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award. Additionally, he got the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sandra, Scully’s second wife, passed away on January 3, 2021, after a marriage that had lasted for 48 years with the couple. Scully had a total of 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, four biological children, and two stepchildren.