94-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster and Dodgers voice Vin Scully has died
Vin Scully, the radio voice of the Dodgers for nearly seven decades, has passed away. He was 94 years old.
With Scully’s velvety voice and smooth storytelling style, he became one of the most beloved figures in the history of the Dodgers franchise because of his velvety voice and smooth storytelling style. He began work on the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcasts in 1950 after earning a degree from Fordham University, where he was also instrumental in the establishment of the student radio station WFUV. Following the 1957 season, he accompanied the team west when it moved to Los Angeles to begin its new life.
“He was the voice of the Dodgers, but he was so much more than that. He was their conscience, their laureate, who captured their beauty and chronicled their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw, and so much more,” the Dodgers said. It has been said that Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers, and in so many ways, he was the heartbeat of Los Angeles as a whole.
94-year-old Hall Of Fame Broadcaster And Dodgers Voice Vin Scully Has Died
The perfect game Sandy Koufax pitched against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965, was one of his many notable moments behind the microphone. The call of the ninth inning of that game has been described as pure baseball literature by many people. The ballpark has a capacity of 29,000 people, and there are a million butterflies in the air,” Scully said.
While working for CBS from 1975 to 1982, he was able to become more nationally known as he called baseball, NFL football, and golf for CBS. From 1983-89, he served as NBC’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer, where he was the network’s lead play-by-play announcer from 1983-89.
This was the period during which he made some of his most memorable calls during his career. One of the most memorable moments in Dodgers history comes to mind first when most fans recall Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit home run against the Oakland A’s in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has been achieved! ” Scully exclaimed after letting the images speak for themselves for more than a minute before he spoke a word.
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Although he didn’t travel as much in the latter stages of his career, Scully continued to call most of the Dodger’s home games until he decided to retire following the 2016 season.
In addition to his countless awards and honors, he was awarded the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, an Emmy for lifetime achievement in 1995, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated in 2001, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. There is also a press box at Dodger Stadium named in honor of Scully.
Stan Kasten, Dodgers President & CEO, said, “We’ve lost an icon.” “Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in sports.” Not only a broadcaster but also a humanitarian. People were important to him. Life was important to him. Baseball and the Dodgers were two of his favorite things. He also loved his family. There will always be a place in our hearts and minds for his voice.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be sorely missed.”