“We now have misplaced an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten mentioned within the assertion. “The Dodgers Vin Scully was one of many best voices in all of sports activities. He was a large of a person, not solely as a broadcaster, however as a humanitarian. He liked individuals. He liked life. He liked baseball and the Dodgers. And he liked his household. His voice will all the time be heard and etched in all of our minds without end. I do know he was wanting ahead to becoming a member of the love of his life, Sandi. Our ideas and prayers exit to his household throughout this very troublesome time. Vin might be actually missed.”
Scully acquired his begin with the Dodgers franchise in 1950 in his native Brooklyn, the place at age 22 he turned the third man within the radio sales space with Corridor of Famer Pink Barber and Connie Desmond. He adopted the crew to the West Coast when it moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and was the principle radio and TV announcer till retiring in 2016 at age 88 nonetheless on the prime of his recreation.
In between all that Scully turned the voice of baseball for town. Per Scully’s official bio in Cooperstown, Sports activities Illustrated’s Robert Creamer wrote in 1964: “Within the six years that he has been in California, Scully has turn out to be as a lot part of the Los Angeles scene because the freeways and the smog.”
Scully known as a number of the largest moments in sports activities for numerous networks together with CBS from 1975-1982, together with calling tennis, golf and NFL telecasts (the latter together with Dwight Clark’s “The Catch” from Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers within the 1981 NFC Championship Recreation). He later moved to NBC the place he was the lead play-by-play announcer for almost all of the Nineteen Eighties alongside commentator Joe Garagiola. He even had a CBS daytime discuss present on the Tv Metropolis lot.
However baseball offered the fodder for his most memorable calls, from Hank Aaron’s 715th house run in 1974 breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time file to hobbled Kirk Gibson’s well-known house run within the 1988 World Sequence. He additionally known as Don Larson’s excellent recreation for the New York Yankees within the 1956 World Sequence — the one one to try this — and likewise charted Fernando Valenzuela’s meteoric rise within the Nineteen Eighties.
All of these iconic baseball moments got here calling video games for the Dodgers and his legion of followers, lots of whom half-eschewed the sounds of Dodger Stadium whereas attending video games by placing one earpiece of their ears to catch Scully’s calls from above within the press field.
He was elected into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1982, considered one of many honors that included being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
“The sport of baseball has a handful of signature sounds. You hear the crack of the bat. You bought the gang singing within the seventh inning stretch, and you have got the voice of Vin Scully.”
From 2016, Vin Scully receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom. RIP pic.twitter.com/wmw9ZcWLOe
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 3, 2022
Scully was a part of Los Angeles’ wealthy saying heritage that included three different eventual Corridor of Famers: Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, who like Scully has a avenue named after him within the metropolis; Kings announcer Bob Miller; and Scully’s Spanish-language counterpart Jaime Jarrín who has been with the Dodgers since 1959.
As information broke of Scully’s passing, Los Angeles and past reacted:
There’ll by no means be one other Vin Scully. You’ll be without end missed. 🎙💙 pic.twitter.com/WyTmXsati5
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2022
We’re saddened by the lack of the nice Vin Scully — a person we are going to all so dearly miss and a voice that can dwell on without end in our hearts.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) August 3, 2022
Legends by no means die 💙
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) August 3, 2022
You’ll be able to’t inform the story of baseball with out Vin Scully pic.twitter.com/PBq5el6vwB
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 3, 2022
It was solely proper that Vin Scully was on the decision when Hank Aaron broke the all-time house run file pic.twitter.com/PeG4CsNv6m
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 3, 2022
The voice of our recreation.
MLB Community mourns the passing of Vin Scully. pic.twitter.com/BgJwsxqij7
— MLB Community (@MLBNetwork) August 3, 2022