Legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday on the age of 94 at his residence in Hidden Hills, close to Calabasas, the crew introduced.
“We’ve got misplaced an icon,” stated Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten stated in an announcement launched by the crew at 8:15 p.m. “Vin Scully was one of many biggest voices in all of sports activities. He was a large of a person, not solely as a broadcaster, however as a humanitarian. He liked individuals. He liked life. He liked baseball and the Dodgers. And he liked his household.
Scully broadcast Dodger video games from 1950 – when the crew was nonetheless in Brooklyn – by way of his retirement in 2016 at age 88.
The Padres, in a tweet responding to the Dodgers publish about Scully’s loss of life, referred to as him “a real gentleman and the best storyteller to ever sit behind a mic.”
Both on the crew or NBC broadcasts, Scully referred to as such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as:
- Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit residence run within the backside of the ninth inning of Recreation 1 of the 1988 World Collection
- Sandy Koufax’s good sport in 1965
- New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s good sport in opposition to the Dodgers within the 1956 World Collection, and
- Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th residence run.
Scully’s many honors embrace:
- 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 ebook “Voices of the Recreation” 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 ultimate sport at Dodger Stadium, Scully stated he want 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 asserting.”
Padres broadcasters mourned him as effectively. Mark Grant stated 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 an excellent hitter, however I might say to him, ‘you recognize Tony, I’ve been giving it a variety of thought, you should be taught to bunt,’ and he would begin laughing and his entire physique would shake, tears would fill his eyes,” Scully stated, whereas calling Gwynn “one of many actually particular individuals.”
Scully is survived by 5 youngsters, 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 among his sons, Michael, was killed in a helicopter crash in 1994.
– Employees and wire experiences