Vin Scully won the second Lifetime Achievement Award from Baseball Digest.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers honored the long-serving announcer with an annual distinction. This honor recognizes an individual who is still living. “who has made significant contributions to the national game.”
After the 2016 season, Scully, 94, retired. This ended a 67-year-long broadcasting career that began in Brooklyn in 1950 and ended in Los Angeles in late 1950s. It was without doubt the longest tenure of any announcer for one team.
He was among six finalists when Willie Mays received the inaugural award. A 17-member panel selected from a list that included Bobby Cox and Sandy Koufax as well as Rachel Robinson, Bud Selig, Joe Torre, and Joe Torre.
“Any award that’s already been won by Willie Mays, who certainly was one of my favorite players and one for whom I had great respect, is an honor,”Scully stated this in a news release. “It’s an honor to even have my name linked with his in some way. I was honored, delighted and surprised that I turned out to be the second winner of Baseball Digest’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m proud of it and humble at the same time.”
Scully won the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 1982 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
“Vin Scully was not only the voice of the Dodgers, but was also the soundtrack of our national game for an incredible seven decades,”David Fagley, Baseball Digest publisher, said. “We are honored to recognize his iconic career both as a broadcaster and as a wonderful ambassador for the sport he loves so much.”