Broadcasting legend Vin Scully passed away today at age 94, according to a Dodgers press release. He was the voice of the Dodgers and beyond. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, recording their beauty and recording their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in many ways the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the release read.
For all the legendary voices who have called baseball games over the decades, there’s little discussion that Scully was the best of them all, both for the incredible length of his tenure in the cabin and his unparalleled quality throughout those 66 years of broadcasting Dodgers games. Amazingly, Scully was already a Hall-of-Fame-level broadcaster, even beyond his work with the Dodgers, as he played the NFL, pro golf, tennis and (of course) postseason and All-Star baseball games for outlets like CBS, NBC , ABC and TBS.
From start to finish in his iconic career, Scully was a master storyteller, finding endless inventive and poetic ways to name the action, but never overpowering the game on the field. Scully was on the mic for many of the greatest moments in baseball history, contributing to those moments with both beautiful calls and (just as important) poignant silences.
Scully was a child prodigy, as quite early in his career, he started mentioning Brooklyn Dodgers games on both TV and radio broadcasts in 1950. He was then in the position until the end of the 2016 season, following the Dodgers to Los Angeles. As noted in the press release, “Vin was as good as anyone connecting the franchise to his new city. Fans—not only in the city, but at the games themselves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—listened on their new transistor radios. to Vin and colleague Jerry Doggett.”
On behalf of all of us at MLBTR, we extend our condolences to Vin Scully’s family and legions of friends and fans.