Vin Scully, legendary sports broadcaster and Los Angeles Dodgers icon, dies at 94

Longtime and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday, the Dodgers announced. His age was 94 years.

“He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and everything from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, from Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. “The Dodgers — and in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement.

“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”

Scully, who called various nationally televised football and golf events for CBS Sports from 1975 to 1982, began his broadcasting career in 1949 after attending Fordham University, where he Studied journalism and was a student broadcaster. He joined the Dodgers radio and television booth in the 1950 season, while still in Brooklyn. Scully came to Los Angeles with the Dodgers in 1958 and remained with the club until his retirement in 2016.

He also worked in national broadcasting for Major League Baseball, the NFL, the PGA Tour and NBC Sports from 1983-89.

“Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our sport,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Winn was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting brought joy to generations of Dodger fans. In addition, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in the history of our game. I am proud that Winn He was synonymous with baseball because he epitomized the best of our national pastime. He was as great a human being as he was a great broadcaster.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Winn’s family, friends, Dodger fans and fans everywhere.”

Scully’s most famous NFL call came with CBS in 1982, when he was on play-by-play for Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship Game. Or, as it’s called, simply, The Catch:

Also with CBS, Scully was part of the broadcast team tasked with calling the Masters from 1975-82.

Perhaps Schooley’s most famous baseball call came in the 1988 World Series, when Kirk Gibson hit a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in Game 1:

Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 as the Ford C. Frick Award winner and received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in 2014. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016.

Scully and his second wife, Sandra, were married for 48 years before her death in January. 3, 2021. Scully had four children, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Dodgers’ Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in sports. He was a giant of a man, not just as a broadcaster, but as a philanthropist. He loved people, he loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be in our hearts. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life. , Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time. Difficult times. Winn will be truly missed.”