Legendary announcer Vin Scully, who served the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 6 decades, passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday.
“We have lost an icon,” said the CEO and President of the Dodgers, Stan Kasten, 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,” Kasten said.
“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.”
According to the team, the well-known radio and television broadcaster, Vincent Edward Scully, who was born on November 29, 1927 in New York, passed away at his house in Hidden Hills, which is located in the county of Los Angeles. He is survived by 5 daughters, 21 grandkids, and 6 great-grandchildren.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are just a few of the numerous distinctions that Vin Scully has won over his career.
Vin Scully started his career with the Dodgers at its first home in Brooklyn when he got recruited by Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber to be the broadcast’s third man.
By the time he was 25, he had broken the record for being the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game. Two years later, when Barber had left the Dodgers for the New York Yankees, Vin Scully took over as the voice of the team.
According to what the young announcer shared with the Baseball Hall of Fame, Barber had an early impact on him: “Red was my teacher … and my father. I don’t know — I might have been the son he never had. It wasn’t so much that he taught me how to broadcast. It was an attitude. Get to the park early. Do your homework. Be prepared. Be accurate.”
According to the Dodgers, Vin Scully has the record for the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team, having spent 67 years with the organization during the course of his career. The team moved its franchise from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, prompting Scully to leave his hometown as well.
In addition to reporting on the Los Angeles Dodgers, he served as an announcer for many sports on national television, including golf and football in addition to baseball.