|August 13, 2022|
Baseball icon: Announcer Vin Scully dies at 94
LOS ANGELES - The way Vin Scully called a baseball game, it felt like bumping into an old friend. There were stories to tell and memories to share, his soothing banter as familiar as green grass and warm breezes on a sunny afternoon.
Generations of Southern California fans knew this, listening for hours on end, at home and in their cars, pressing transistor radios to their ears even as they sat watching at the ballpark.
“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you wherever you may be,” Scully would invariably begin. “Pull up a chair and spend part of the day with us.”
The renowned Dodgers broadcaster died Tuesday, the team announced. He was 94.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten told the Los Angeles Times. “The Dodgers’ 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.
It was Scully’s feel for the ebb and flow of the game that made him a Hall of Famer during more than six decades in the booth. He could weave a narrative between balls and strikes, transforming nine innings into a folksy tale, raising even a lowly bloop single to literary status when he called it “a humble thing, but thine own.”
Veteran sports commentator Bob Costas spoke of Scully’s “command of language and quality of expression, the sheer sound of his voice.” The son of Irish immigrants also knew when to keep quiet, letting the roar of the crowd speak for itself.
Add to these traits the gift of longevity, a career that spanned Dodgers history from Jackie Robinson to Clayton Kershaw and included network television stints covering football, tennis and golf. Scully presided over some of baseball’s greatest moments: Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Kirk Gibson’s World Series heroics and Hank Aaron’s eclipse of the all-time home run record.
As players came and went, the voice of the Dodgers remained a constant, fans voting Scully the most memorable personality in team history.
Story Date: August 7, 2022