Iconic LA Dodgers baseball radio broadcast announcer Vin Scully dead at age 94

A legendary icon of American sports radio broadcasting tragically passed away this week.

Vin Scully, the longtime voice of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, died at his L.A. home Tuesday night at the age of 94, the Associated Press reported.

Legendary voice of Dodgers baseball for 67 years

Scully was born in the Bronx in New York City in 1927 but moved to Brooklyn with his mother at the age of 7 after his father died of pneumonia.

He became a big fan of sports as a child and especially enjoyed listening to games on the radio, and determined at an early age that he wanted to be a sports broadcaster when he grew up. Scully’s broadcasting career began when he was a student at Fordham University, where he called the school’s baseball, basketball, and football games on the university’s radio station — that is, when he wasn’t playing baseball for Fordham himself, as he did for two seasons.

His professional career began when he was hired by the CBS radio affiliate in Washington D.C., but shortly thereafter he was assigned to the broadcast booth in New York to join the team that called games for the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team that he followed West when the club moved from Brooklyn to L.A. in 1958.

For a total of 67 years, until he retired in 2016, Scully was the inimitable voice of the Dodgers and was beloved by fans and players and coaches alike for the manner in which he described the games for listeners all while weaving humorous stories and personal anecdotes throughout the play-by-play announcing.

The AP noted that Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982, and was further honored by the Dodgers organization when the stadium’s press box and that street in front of the main gate were renamed in his honor in 2001 and 2016, respectively.

Dodgers, MLB mourn loss of iconic broadcaster

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “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. 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. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.”

“Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, according to ESPN. “Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting brought joy to generations of Dodger fans. In addition, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in the history of our sport. I am proud that Vin was synonymous with Baseball because he embodied the very best of our National Pastime. As great as he was as a broadcaster, he was equally great as a person. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Vin’s family, friends, Dodger fans and his admirers everywhere.”

The Dodgers’ Twitter account was full of moving tributes from current and former players and fans of the broadcasting legend, but arguably the most moving was a video of Scully himself reflecting upon his career and love of the game at the time of his retirement in 2016.

That video ended with Scully uttering a modified take on the same phrase he had used to begin virtually every broadcast over his decades-long career: “Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be.”

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