Vin Scully, a legendary broadcaster for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died Tuesday at the age of 94, the team announced.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Caston said in a statement. “Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a great man, not just as a broadcaster, but as a great human being. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard in all of our minds forever. . I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. I will truly miss Vin.”
Scully served as a Dodgers broadcaster for 67 years, including an eight-year stint in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in 1958. His tenure with the Dodgers is his longest tenure as a sportscaster with one team.
A native of the Bronx, Scully pitched for 25 World Series, 20 no-hitters and 12 All-Star games. In the year Before starting his broadcasting career in 1949, he served briefly in the United States Navy calling play-by-play for college football games.
Scully began broadcasting Dodgers games in 1950, joining the legendary Red Barber and Connie Desmond. In the year In 1953 he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game, at the age of 25 – replacing Barber for the Fall Classic between the Dodgers and the rival New York Yankees.
Scull has received many awards and accolades for his illustrious career. In the year In 1982, he won the Ford C. Frick Award, presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Scully received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014, which recognizes achievements and contributions of historical significance. The second non-player to win the award was Rachel Robinson (2007).
In the year In 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in Scully’s honor, and in 2016, the City of Los Angeles named the stretch of road from Sunrise Boulevard to Stadium Way “Vin Scully Avenue”.
The Dodgers also honored Scully before their home opener of his final season in 2016, attended by a number of notables from the organization, including Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda.
“I knew it was time,” Scully said at Dodger Stadium on April 12, 2016, before the game. “I thought I’d be 89 by the end of the season. 90.’ I don’t think that’s fair to the audience. It will happen and I’ll be grateful.