Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, whose sweet voice provided the soundtrack to the summer as he entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night, the team said. He was 94 years old.
Scully died at her home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, said the Dodgers, who spoke with members of her family.
“We have lost an icon,” team president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “His voice will always be heard and etched in our minds forever.”
As the longest-serving commentator on a single team in professional sports history, Scully saw it all and called it all. He began his career in the 1950s with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, was in the 60s with Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, went through the 70s with Steve Garvey and Don Sutton, and through the 80s with Orel Hershiser and Fernando Valenzuela. In the 90s, the protagonists of his broadcasts were Mike Piazza and Hideo Nomo, who at the beginning of the 21st century gave way to Clayton Kershaw , Manny Ramírez and Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers changed players, managers, directors, owners and even coast, but Scully and his calm and shrewd style were always a constant for the fans.
He opened his broadcasts with a familiar greeting: “Hello everyone and a good night to you wherever you are.”
Amiable both in person and live, Scully considered herself a mere conduit between the game and the fans.
Though it was the Dodgers who paid her salary, that didn’t stop Scully from criticizing a bad play or managerial decision, or praising an opponent, as she spun stories against a backdrop of routine plays and notable accomplishments. . She always said that she wanted to see things with her eyes, not with her heart.
“Vin Scully was one of the great voices in sports. He was a huge man, not just as a broadcaster but from a humanitarian side,” Kasten added. “He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. I know he was looking forward to reuniting with love of your life, Sandi.”
Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29, 1927 in the Bronx. He was the son of a silk seller who died of pneumonia when he was just 7 years old. His mother moved the family to Brooklyn, red-haired, blue-eyed Scully grew up playing stickball in the streets.
In addition to being the voice of the Dodgers, Scully called NFL games and PGA Tour tournaments, as well as commentating on 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was the main baseball announcer for NBC television between 1983 and 1989.