Vin Scully, Voice of the Dodgers for 67, dies at 94

He narrated a sequence of great events in baseball history and knew when to shut up.

Scully was at the microphone in 1955 when the Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship, and in 1956 when Don Larsen of the Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in the World Series.

When Sandy Koufax retired all 27 Chicago Cubs batters at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965, Mr. Scully made his mark at the time:

“On the right field scoreboard it is 9:46 am in the City of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 people just showed up to watch the only pitcher in baseball history to pitch four no-hit, no-run games. He’s done it four straight years and now he’s finishing it: on his fourth no-hitter, he turned it into a perfect game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flurry. He struckout the last six consecutive batters. So when he capitalized his name in the record books, that K stands out even more than the OUFAX.”

When Hank Aaron of the Braves hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, on April 8, 1974 in Atlanta against the Dodgers, Mr. Scully simply said, “To the fence. It’s gone.”

He then walked to the back of the broadcast booth, took off his headphones, took a sip of coffee, and waited as the crowd cheered.

Finally he returned to the microphone: “What a great moment for baseball. What a great moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia. What a wonderful moment for the country and the world. A black man gets a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking an all-time baseball idol record.”

When a gimpy Kirk Gibson hit a game-winning home run for the Dodgers against the Oakland A’s in the 1988 World Series opener at Dodger Stadium, Mr. Scully commented, “In a year that was so improbable, the impossible had happened.”

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