Legendary Sports Broadcaster Vin Scully Passed Away
Longtime and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully passed away Tuesday night, August 2, 2022, the Dodgers announced. The iconic former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster was 94 years old.
The team shared the devastating news in a statement, writing: “He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw.
“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the statement read.
Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29, 1927, in The Bronx, New York. He was an American sportscaster and was best known for his 67 seasons calling games for Major League Baseball’s LA Dodgers, starting in 1950 and ending in 2016.
In 2016, Scully retired at the age of 88, ending his record-breaking run as the team’s play-by-play announcer. He announced most Dodgers home games on SportsNet LA television and KLAC radio.
The broadcaster was known for his distinctive voice, and signature introduction to Dodgers games: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”
According to fan rankings, Bleacher Report, and Fox Sports, Vin is considered by many to be the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time.
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Vin Scully Passed Away Aged 94
Los Angeles Dodgers icon Vin Scully passed away at his home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. No cause of death was provided.
In addition to Dodgers baseball, Vin called various nationally-televised football and golf contests and from 1983 to 1989 was NBC Sports‘ lead baseball play-by-play announcer.
Scully called the World Series for CBS Radio from 1979 to 1982 and from 1990 to 1997. He also worked national broadcasts for MLB, the NFL, and the PGA Tour and also worked for NBC Sports from 1983-89.
In 1972, Scully’s 35-year-old wife Joan Crawford passed away of an accidental medical overdose; the pair had been married for 15 years. Scully tied the knot with Sandra Hunt in late 1973.
The pair soon had a child together. Scully’s eldest son, Michael, passed away in a helicopter crash at 33 while working for the ARCO Transportation Company.
He had 4 children, 2 stepchildren, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Vin resided in Thousand Oaks, California. He attended St. Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village, California.
He was a 2nd cousin of the former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mary Freehill. Vin and his second wife Sandra were married for 48 years until Sandra’s death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on January 3, 2021.
After the sad news of Vin Scully’s passing was revealed, his friends and fans flooded social media with thousands of tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay tributes to him.
“Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our game. Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting brought joy to generations of Dodger fans,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“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,” he continued.
Manfred added: “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.”
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement that Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of the sports. Kasten added that Vin was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster but as a humanitarian.
Stan Continued: 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,” Stan added.
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