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 on Tuesday.
“We’ve lost an icon,” Stan Kasten, the Dodgers president and CEO, said in a statement.
“The Dodgers Vin Scully was one of the best voices in all sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as an announcer, 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 our memories forever.”
The beloved radio and TV station, who was born Vincent Edward Scully in New York on November 29, 1927, died at his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County, according to the team. He leaves behind his five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Among his many awards, Scully . received The Presidential Medal of Freedomthe Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York, when he was recruited by Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber to be the third man on the broadcast crew.
At age 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, and when Barber left two years later to join the New York Yankees, Scully was the voice of the Dodgers.
Barber was an early influence on the young broadcaster when he told the Baseball Hall of Fame, “Red was my teacher…and my dad. I don’t know — I could be the son he never had. It wasn’t so much so that he taught me to broadcast. It was an attitude. Go to the park early. Do your homework. Be prepared. Be accurate.”
From the perch of the broadcast booth, Scully became the narrator for the story of baseball’s greatest franchises. He was there when the “Boys of Summer” won their first World Series in 1955, calling the last innings of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. It was one of more than 20 no-hitters to beat Scully in his career, the team noted.
When the franchise abruptly moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also left his hometown to pursue a career that lasted 67 years with the Dodgers, the longest tenure of a single-team broadcaster, the team said.
In addition to beating the Dodgers, he was also featured on national TV as an announcer for golf and football and baseball.
His most famous calls were when Hank Aaron’s of the Braves hit his 715th home run in Atlanta, ahead of Babe Ruth, and the injured Kirk Gibson’s bottom-of-the-9th walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, speaking after the team defeated the Giants in San Francisco Tuesday night, said the broadcaster inspired him to get better.
‘There is no better narrator. I think everyone considers him family. He was in our living rooms for so many generations. Dodger fans consider him part of their family. He lived a wonderful life, a legacy that will live on forever.”
Fellow Southern California sports icon, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, said that “Dodger Nation” a legend was lost. “I will always remember his smooth way of broadcasting. He had a voice and a way of telling that made you think he was only talking to you.”
Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James described Scully as “Another amazing person who made sports so damn special.”
Tennis great Billy Jean King said Scully would be missed: “He was a true sports storyteller”, she said on Twitter
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: his death marked the end of a chapter in the history of the city. “He united us, inspired us, and showed us all it means to serve. Tomorrow our town hall will be lit up for you Vin, our dear friend, the voice of LA. 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 how it felt: “As I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day at the stadium, I hung a large sign from the door of the booth’s window and it said, ‘I’ll miss you.’ That’s how I felt about the fans.”