Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers broadcaster, has died at 94

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Vin Scully has died. He was a legend broadcaster who called Dodgers game for more than 60 years. Announced Tuesday night. He was 94 years of age. 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, the Dodgers’ president and CEO, stated in 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.”  

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 the Los Angeles team. Scully would be calling Dodgers games in Southern California, and would stay the voice of Dodgers 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 their first World Series in 1988, and they won it in October 2020. Scully spoke about his confidence in the Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 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 to be the greatest broadcaster of 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 spoke on 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. The National Sports Media Association has named Scully the National Sportscaster of the Year four times (1965-78, 1982-82, 2016, 2016). Scully has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2017, the Library of Congress selected his call of the Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Giants match in 1957 for preservation in its National Recording Registry.