Vin Scully, who was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ radio announcer for 67 years and became known as the city’s voice, passed away on Tuesday, the team announced. He was 94.
In a statement, Dodgers president and chief executive officer Stan Kasten said, “We have lost an icon.” “Vin Scully of the Dodgers was one of sports’ best commentators. Not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian, he was a giant of a man. He was a kind man. He cherished life. He adored the Dodgers and baseball. And he cherished his family. His voice will live on in all of our memories for all time. I am certain that he was eager to be with Sandi, his true love. His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this really trying time. Vin is certainly going to be missed.
Scully began working for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, when he was 22 years old and joined Hall of Famers Red Barber and Connie Desmond as the third man in the booth. He went with the team to Los Angeles in 1958 and remained the franchise’s primary radio announcer until his retirement in 2016 at the age of 88, still at the top of his game.
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Between 1975 to 1982, he worked as a sports announcer for several networks, including CBS, announcing telecasts of tennis, golf, and the NFL. He even hosted a midday chat show on CBS.
Baseball, however, served as the inspiration for some of his most memorable calls, from hobbling Kirk Gibson’s infamous home run in the 1988 World Series to Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974 shattering Babe Ruth’s all-time record (against the Dodgers).
Scully was inducted into the announcers wing of the Cooperstown Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, joining his mentor Barber.