Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than six decades, has died at the age of 94, the team announced Tuesday.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and general manager Stan Kasten said in a statement.
“The Dodgers’ 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 also as a humanitarian,” Kasten 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 etched in all of our minds forever.
The beloved radio and television host, According to the team, in 1927 November 29 Born in New York City, Vincent Edward Scully died at his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County. He is survived by his five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York, when he was drafted Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber. to be the third person on the broadcast team.
At 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, and when Barber left for the New York Yankees two years later, Scully was the voice of the Dodgers.
The 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. He didn’t teach me how to broadcast that much. It was an attitude. Go to the park early. Do your homework. Be ready. Be specific.”
From the broadcast booth, Scully became the storyteller for baseball’s biggest franchises. He was there when in 1955 The Boys of Summer won their first World Series and called the final innings of Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956. in the world series. The team noted that it was one of more than 20 no-hitters Scully had in his career.
When in 1958 franchise suddenly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles, Scully also left for his hometown to extend his 67-year career with the Dodgers, the longest of any single-team broadcaster, the team said.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he was heard on national television as a golf and football and baseball announcer.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, speaking after the team beat the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night, said the broadcaster inspired him to be better.
“There is no better storyteller. I think everyone considers him family. It has been on our sites so many times. Dodger fans consider him part of their family. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.
Southern California sports icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson, said Dodger Nation lost the legend. “I will always remember his smooth broadcasting style. He had a voice and a way of speaking that made you think he was only talking to you.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James described Scully as in “Another great man who made the sport damn special.”
Tennis great Billy Jean King said Scully will be missed: “He was a true sports storyteller.” she said on Twitter
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said his departure marked the end of a chapter in the history of the city. “He united us, inspired us and showed everyone what it means to serve.” Our City Hall will be lit for you tomorrow, Vin, our dear friend, the voice of LA. Thank you from a grateful and loving city.
Scully broadcast his last Dodgers home game in 2016. September 25
in 2020 In an interview with CNN, Scully described how it felt: “When I was leaving Dodger Stadium on my last day at the ballpark, I hung a big sign in the booth window door that said, ‘I’ll miss you.’ That’s how I felt about the fans.”