Vin Scully, legendary sportscaster and Los Angeles Dodgers icon, dies at 94

Longtime and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully died on Tuesday, the Dodgers announcement. He was 94 years old.

“He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their Poet Laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory, from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement.

“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”

Scully, who called various nationally televised football and golf contests for CBS Sports from 1975 to 1982, began his broadcasting career in 1949 after attending Fordham University, where he studied journalism and was a broadcasting student. He joined the Dodgers’ radio and television booths during the 1950 season, while they were still in Brooklyn. Scully came to the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1958 and remained with the club until his retirement in 2016.

He has also worked on national broadcasts for Major League Baseball, the NFLthe PGA Tour and also worked for NBC Sports from 1983 to 1989.

“Today we mourn the loss of a legend of our game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting has delighted generations of Dodger fans. Additionally, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in our sport’s history. I’m proud That Vin is synonymous with Baseball because he embodied the best of our national pastime. As great as he was as a broadcaster, he was just as great as a person.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Dodger’s family, friends, fans and Vin’s admirers everywhere.”

Scully’s most famous NFL call came with CBS in 1982, when he was on the line for Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship Game. Or, as it was called, simply, The Catch:

Additionally, while with CBS, Scully was part of the broadcast team responsible for calling The Masters from 1975-82.

Perhaps Scully’s most famous baseball call came during the 1988 World Series, when a hobbled Kirk Gibson hit a home run in Game 1:

Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award in 1982 and received the Bud Selig Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. in 2016.

Scully and his second wife, Sandra, were married for 48 years before his death on January 3, 2021. Scully had four children, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Vin Scully of the Dodgers was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant man, not only as a broadcaster, but also 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 couldn’t wait to join the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time.Vin will be truly missed.

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