Vin Scully, the iconic broadcaster, voice of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball for 67 years, and orator of many great moments in sports history, has died. He was 94 years old.
Scully is one of the most decorated broadcasters in American history. His career with the Dodgers spanned from 1949 through 2016, including him following the team from Brooklyn (1950-57) to Los Angeles (1958-2016). In addition to being the lead voice for Dodgers baseball, Scully was on the call for countless Major League Baseball games, NFL contests, and PGA Tour golf events (among other things) for CBS, NBC, and a variety of different networks over the years. Over the years, Scully racked up all sorts of honors. Few broadcasters have a résumé like Scully’s, as there aren’t too many who can say they picked up a Ford C. Frick Award (1982) or a Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016) while also being able to boast a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But all of that is what made Scully who he was as a broadcaster. He was someone who lived through so much and was an excellent storyteller. Scully’s ability to weave factoids, nuggets, tidbits, and all sorts of information about ballplayers or historic events is what separated him from the pack. An ace at the top of his game for so many years, Scully was the voice behind so many iconic moments.
Yeah, you’ll want to clear some time to check this out:
Capturing “The Moment” like no one could is a unique gift. But when you can also thread the needle with stories about the history of beards, that makes your broadcasting career that much more special.
Baseball fans who aren’t familiar with his iconic ode to Wrigley Field should change that immediately:
Scully hasn’t broadcasted a game since the end of the 2016 regular season, but his departure from the booth has been missed. In any case, his legacy is one that will not be forgotten.