Vin Scully, legendary voice of the Dodgers is no longer with us. As per the reports, the great broadcaster passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. He served as the announcer for the Dodgers for more than 60 years.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Scully was the greatest baseball announcer we had. There will never be a voice like Vinny in baseball. Keep reading further to learn more details about Vin Scully’s death.
MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers shared the news of Vin’s death on social media
The sad news of Vin Scully’s death was shared by the MLB team on their official Twitter page. They changed their header to a picture of the late legend and switched their profile picture to his name with a microphone.
The team issued a heart-touching statement that read, “He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw.”
The organization described Scully as “the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in so many ways, the heartbeat of Los Angeles.” He was the voice of Dodgers and so much more. As of now, the cause of his death has not been disclosed.
Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten further added, “We have lost an icon. 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. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family.”
Kasten ensured everyone that Vin’s legacy will live on and he went on to say, “His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed. ”
What was Vin’s full name?
The full name of Vin was Vincent Edward Scully. He was born on November 29, 1927, in The Bronx, New York City, U.S. He was an American broadcaster, best known for his 67 seasons calling games for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scully was brought up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. His dad Vincent Aloysius, was a silk salesman meanwhile his mom Bridget, was a homemaker. He was of Irish descent.
Vin’s dad passed away because of pneumonia when he was merely 4 years old and later on his mom got married to an English merchant sailor named Allan Reeve, whom Scully considered his dad.
Scully enrolled at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. He discovered his love for the game of baseball at the young age of 8 when he saw the results of the second game of the 1936 World Series at a laundromat and felt a pang of sympathy for the badly defeated New York Giants.
When did Vin Scully begin covering games for Los Angeles Dodgers?
For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you Vin started covering games for Los Angeles Dodgers in the year 1950 when the team was located in Brooklyn. In 1953, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game.
Then, Scully followed the team to Los Angeles in 1958 and he “played an important role in introducing Los Angeles to baseball.” He was well known for lending his voice to the Dodgers for more than 60 years.
Vin announced his retirement in 2016
Vin shared his retirement plans on January 31, 2016. He planned to retire from broadcasting after the conclusion of the 2016 season. His final game took place on the team’s October 2 finale at San Francisco.
Scully’s final home game was on September 25, 2016, against the visiting Colorado Rockies. The final broadcast of his career was the Dodgers’ October 2 game at AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants.
After the game, Vin offered prayer and gave his final message: “You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart that I’ve always needed you more than you’ve ever needed me, and I’ll miss our time together more than I can say.” But you know what? There will be a new day and eventually a new year.”
Scully added, “And when the upcoming winter gives way to spring, rest assured, once again it will be “time for Dodger baseball.” So this is Vin Scully wishing you a very pleasant good afternoon, wherever you may be.”
Tributes pour in for legendary broadcaster
NBA champ LeBron James wrote, “Rest in Power. A City of Angels icon. Another great one who made sports so damn special. #LoveLA” Former NBA star Earvin Magic Johnson tweeted, “Dodger Nation, today we lost a Los Angeles and Major League Baseball legend, Vin Scully. Vin was the voice of the @Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for over six decades.”
Sports commentator Scott Van Pelt added, “What’s so remarkable about Bill Russell and Vin Scully is how many generations they impacted. Been struck by how many decades each man continued to reach those who watched and listened and learned. Lives lived in such exceptional fashion.
American sports writer Jon Bois wrote, “there is no one who’s ever lived who i admired more than vin scully. even well past 80 years of age he would run a one-man broadcast booth every day and he was sharper, funnier, and more endearing than anybody. i was and am in awe of him. love you mr. scully, you were one of one.”
ESPN columnist Jeff Passan commented, “Vin Scully was a storyteller, and nobody ever told the story of baseball better. He called games with such elegance and grace. He spoke only when necessary, allowing the broadcast to breathe when it demanded. He made baseball a more beautiful game. RIP.”
Mets broadcaster Howie Rose went on to say, “The greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived, Vin Scully, has passed away. It was an honor just to know him. He demonstrated that language still matters and forged an intimate bond with his listeners that the rest of us can only strive to achieve. The Renoir of broadcasters.”
We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family members of the legendary broadcaster during this hard time. May the departed soul rest in peace. Stay in touch with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.