Los Angeles Dodgers longtime play by play announcer Vin Scully died on Tuesday at the age of 94. Scully was the Dodgers’ main broadcaster from 1950 when they played in Brooklyn all the way until his retirement in 2016 at the age of 88.
His association with the Dodgers is the longest by a broadcaster in the history of sports. He called games for both Jackie Robinson and Corey Seager. The Dodgers announced his passing on Twitter late Tuesday evening. Scully was the broadcaster for 19 Hall of Famers that wore the Dodgers uniform during his tenure with the team. Aside from calling Dodgers games, Scully was on the mic for 25 World Series, 20 no-hitters, 12 All-Star Games, and three perfect games. He also called NFL games from 1975 to 1982, including Dwight Clark’s catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, as well as professional tennis and the PGA Tour. Perhaps his most notable calls are from Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic.
Not to mention he’s one of the reasons I became an on-air personality. I remember my parents taking me to Dodger Stadium at six years old and I had the chance to meet Vin Scully. That was the highlight of my life. I loved baseball but I loved the way Vin would call the game even more. I told my mom I wanted to be an announcer. There were two announcers who influenced me the most, Chick Hearn and Vin Scully. I remember him saying to me “Good is not good when better is expected.” Scully was named the Ford C. Frick Award winner by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.