Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, who called Dodgers games on radio and television for 67 years, died Tuesday, the team announced. He was 94 years old.
Scully began his career with the Dodgers in 1950, when the team was still in Brooklyn. He remained in his role when the franchise moved to California in 1958, quickly endearing himself to a new part of the country and becoming one of the most indelible sports figures in Los Angeles.
“He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. “It was their conscience, their poet laureate, who captured their beauty and chronicled their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw,” the Dodgers said in a statement. “Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”
Scully’s last season with the team was in 2016, when he was 89 years old. His distinctive voice and narrative style—he ran his calls alone, without an analyst as a partner—created a unique viewing and listening experience, cementing his legacy as perhaps the most unique broadcaster in modern sports history.
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“We’ve lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “The Dodgers’ Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will be heard and forever engraved in the minds of all of us. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.”