Saying Goodbye to Vin Scully
An incredible era has ended. Longtime voice of the Dodgers- Vin Scully has hung up the mic at age 88, after 67 incredible years with the Dodgers, from their Brooklyn days at Ebbets Field, to the current Los Angeles days in Dodger Stadium.
Scully has put together THE greatest sportscasting career in most people’s mind, as he was the voice of many incredible sports moments in history. Some of his most notable calls were:
-Hank Aaron’s 715th career Home Run
-Bill Buckner’s error leading to Game 6 Mets victory in 1986 World Series
-49’ers Dwight Clark’s game winning touchdown catch in the 1982 NFC Championship
-Barry Bonds’ 71st Home Run
…and many more awesome moments in sports history
Scully has called 25 World Series’ (his first at age 25- 1955, as the youngest ever to call one) , 20 no-hitters, 3 perfect games, many all-star games and MLB ‘C.S.’ playoff games- in his career…
Scully, born in the Bronx, NY discovered his love for baseball at 8 years of age, and decided he wanted to be a sportscaster in his future. He attended Fordham University, playing baseball and announcing many different sports for the college. His first job was a fill-in radio announcer for the WTOP Washington D.C. station after college. Everything went up after this as he built his legendary announcing career.
Vin made stints announcing for the NBC, and CBS TV stations over his career, for Football, Golf, Tennis and primarily major Baseball events. He stayed as the main voice of the Dodgers throughout his career, with all the other stations as well. Quick ‘Fun Fact’- Scully turned down an offer to take over as the voice of his (true) hometown Yankees in 1964- to stay loyal to his now LA Dodgers.
Now, at the end of his storied career- Scully broadcasted around 100 games a season, all in the California area (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Fransisco, Oakland, etc.)- which for a man his age, is pretty spectacular.
Vin was incredibly honored throughout his career with many major awards such as:
-1995 Emmy for Life Achievement
-1995 induction to National Radio Hall of Fame
-3x National Sportscaster and Writer Association, Sportscaster of the Year
-1992 induction to American Sportscaster Association Hall of Fame
-2000 Award for ‘Sportscaster of the Century’
-2008 induction to California Sports Hall Of Fame
-2014 MLB Commissioner’s Historical Achievement Award
-2016 Los Angeles’ ‘Key to the City’
Aside from all the awards, famous calls and history- Scully will be remembered for the amazing person he was, on and off the air throughout his career. He spoke with such grace and happiness every time he picked up the mic in his remarkable, warm sounding voice. He is an inspiration for the next generation of sportscasters, as a job like this can last a lifetime and make a long-lasting impact on others who enjoy the words coming from the booth, just as much as the game.
Here were his final words below, from the booth of the Dodgers, Giants game this past Sunday- his final game:
“You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart that I’ve always needed you more than you’ve ever needed me, and I’ll miss our time together more than I can say. But you know what? There will be a new day and eventually a new year. And when the upcoming winter gives way to spring, rest assured, once again it will be “time for Dodger baseball.” So this is Vin Scully wishing you a very pleasant good afternoon, wherever you may be.”
Thank you Vin Scully for entertaining, and inspiring the sports fans of the world for 67 incredible years…