Vin Scully — the longtime voice of the Dodgers and legendary MLB broadcaster — has sadly died at 94 years old.
The team just confirmed the awful news in a statement on Tuesday night, saying he passed away at his home in Hidden Hills. No cause of death was revealed.
“We have 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 as a humanitarian.”
Kasten continued, “He loved people. He loved life. He was loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family.”
“His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.”
Scully initially began calling games for the Dodgers back in 1950, when the team was still located in Brooklyn. He continued to provide play-by-play for the Dodgers following their move to L.A. in 1957, calling nearly every one of the biggest moments in the franchise’s history up until his retirement in 2016.
Some of Scully’s most famous calls included Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974, and Kirk Gibson’s epic World Series HR in 1988.
Vin Scully Cause of Death is natural causes.
Scully also broadcasted national baseball, golf and football events — including the 1982 Dallas vs. San Francisco NFC Championship Game. In that contest, Scully had one of his most memorable moments in the football both, calling Dwight Clark’s “The Catch” touchdown.
Here’s Vin Scully calling Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. RIP Hank. pic.twitter.com/B53KqcvVs4
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Scully — who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcaster wing in 1982 — ultimately broadcasted games for nearly seven decades, before he called his final contest in San Francisco on Oct. 2, 2016.
Scully, a Bronx native who became a baseball fan at the age of 8, began his broadcasting career at Fordham University after spending two years in the Navy. He called football and basketball games, and also played baseball, even playing a game against future president George H.W. Bush, who was on Yale University’s baseball team.
After graduating, he managed to find work as a fill-in at WTOP in Washington, DC in 1949, which ended up being his big break into sports announcing. He met Red Barber at WTOP, who would become Scully’s mentor. Barber brought him along in 1950 when he was hired by the Dodgers, and in just three years Scully became the youngest broadcaster to ever call a World Series at the age of 25.
A year later, when Barber left to work for the crosstown New York Yankees, Scully became the Dodgers’ main announcer. He remained in that role until his retirement in 2016, relocating in 1958 when the Dodgers uprooted to Los Angeles.