Vin Scully has died. He was a legend broadcaster who called Dodgers game for more than 60 years. On Tuesday night, the announcement was made. He was 94. Scully’s passing comes just over a decade after Sandra, his wife, lost her battle with ALS. This also comes a little over a year after the death of Scully’s longtime friend and legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. The cause of death for Scully was not disclosed.
“We have lost an icon,”Stan Kasten, Dodgers CEO and president, released 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 as a humanitarian. 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. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.”
Vin Scully will be the last. You will be missed forever. 🎙💙 pic.twitter.com/WyTmXsati5
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2022
Scully started calling Dodgers games in 1950 when they were called the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the principal announcer of the team until 1957 when they moved to Los Angeles. Scully would then call the Dodgers games in Southern California from that spot and would continue to be the voice for the Dodgers up until 2016. Scully witnessed the Dodgers win six World Series championships, 13 National League titles and 16 West Division crowns during his time in the booth.
The Dodgers won the World Series for the first time since 1988 in October 2020. Scully shared his feelings of confidence before the win by describing how the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays for their title. “I don’t mean to put anybody down,”Scully, beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Submitted USA TODAY, “but when the series started, I thought the Dodgers would win in five (games). Not that I know anything, but my thought is, ‘What’s taking them so long?'”
Many consider Scully the greatest broadcaster in MLB history. Not only has he called memorable Dodgers games but he is also known for calling Hank Aaron’s 715th run in 1974. “What a marvelous moment for baseball,”Scully made the call. “What a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And, it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron, who was met at home plate, not only by every member of the Braves, but by his father and mother.”
Scully is known for his perseverance and longevity. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 1993 and inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame, 1995. Scully was also named National Sportscaster Of The Year by the National Sports Media Association 4 times (1965-1978, 1982, 1982 and 2016). His call of the Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Giants final game in 1957, which he called in 1957, was awarded a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Library of Congress.