Legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday on the age of 94 at his house in Hidden Hills, close to Calabasas, the group introduced.
“We’ve got misplaced an icon,” mentioned Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten mentioned in a press release launched by the group at 8:15 p.m. “Vin Scully was one of many biggest voices in all of sports activities. He was an enormous of a person, not solely as a broadcaster, however as a humanitarian. He beloved individuals. He beloved life. He beloved baseball and the Dodgers. And he beloved his household.
Scully broadcast Dodger video games from 1950 – when the group was nonetheless in Brooklyn – by his retirement in 2016 at age 88.
The Padres, in a tweet responding to the Dodgers put up about Scully’s demise, referred to as him “a real gentleman and the best storyteller to ever sit behind a mic.”
Both on the group or NBC broadcasts, Scully referred to as such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as:
- Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit house run within the backside of the ninth inning of Sport 1 of the 1988 World Sequence
- Sandy Koufax’s good sport in 1965
- New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s good sport towards the Dodgers within the 1956 World Sequence, and
- Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th house run.
Scully’s many honors embody:
- The Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama
- the Ford C. Frick Award, introduced yearly by the Baseball Corridor of Fame to a broadcaster for “main contributions to baseball,” and
- Being named the best sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Affiliation.
A rating system devised by creator Curt Smith for his 2005 e book “Voices of the Sport” decided that Scully was baseball’s biggest announcer, giving him an ideal rating of 100, primarily based on such components as longevity, language, recognition and persona.
At a information convention the day earlier than he broadcast his closing sport at Dodger Stadium, Scully mentioned he wish to be remembered as “a superb, trustworthy man, a superb husband, a superb father, a superb grandfather. I’m not even excited about sports activities saying.”
Padres broadcasters mourned him as nicely. Mark Grant mentioned merely, “thanks for all you probably did.” Bob Scanlan additionally tweeted that he “realized to like baseball listening to his voice. MLB & the world has misplaced a treasure.” The MLB Network referred to as Scully “the voice of our sport.”
Given his longevity, Scully expressed his unhappiness on the lack of many greats, together with Padre Corridor of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died in 2014.
“I used to like to tease him. We knew he was a superb hitter, however I might say to him, ‘you already know Tony, I’ve been giving it a whole lot of thought, you should study to bunt,’ and he would begin laughing and his complete physique would shake, tears would fill his eyes,” Scully mentioned, whereas calling Gwynn “one of many actually particular individuals.”
Scully is survived by 5 kids, Kevin, Todd, Erin, Kelly and Catherine, 21 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. His second spouse Sandi died in 2021. His first spouse Joan died in 1972. One in every of his sons, Michael, was killed in a helicopter crash in 1994.
– Workers and wire reviews