Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died on the age of 94.
The baseball group introduced Scully’s demise on Tuesday. Scully was a Dodgers broadcaster for 67 years, retiring from his duties on the finish of the 2016 season. His tenure included being the radio voice for the group for eight years in Brooklyn earlier than the franchise relocated to Los Angeles in 1958. No different sports activities broadcaster has been with anyone group for an extended time frame.
“We now have misplaced an icon,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten mentioned in a press release asserting Scully’s demise.
“The Dodgers’ Vin Scully was one of many biggest voices in all of sports activities. He was an enormous of a person, not solely as a broadcaster, however as a humanitarian. He beloved folks. He beloved life. He beloved baseball and the Dodgers. And he beloved his household. His voice will at all times be heard and etched in all of our minds endlessly,” he added.
Scully, who was born in New York Metropolis and grew up the Bronx, started his broadcasting profession in 1949 after learning journalism at Fordham College. He known as his first Brooklyn Dodgers recreation in 1950, a group that fielded 5 future Corridor of Fame gamers, together with Jackie Robinson.
Scully himself was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame because the Ford C. Frick Award winner in 1982, one in all his many achievements.
He additionally has a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama.
The press field at Dodger Stadium was renamed in Scully’s honor in 2011, and a piece of roadway exterior Dodgers’ ballpark renamed “Vin Scully Avenue” in 2016.
Over his profession because the group’s native broadcaster and as nationwide broadcaster, Scully has known as a few of the recreation’s most iconic moments, corresponding to Kirk Gibson’s recreation successful residence run for the Dodgers in Recreation 1 of the 1988 World Sequence and Boston Pink Sox first baseman Invoice Buckner’s botched try and discipline a floor ball that ended Recreation 6 of the 1986 World Sequence.
Scully is survived by his three daughters, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His son, Michael, died in a helicopter crash in 1994. His second spouse of 47 years, Sandi, died of issues from ALS in July of final 12 months.
“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 can be really missed,” mentioned Kasten.