“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. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement.
Scully, who called various nationally televised football and golf contests for CBS Sports from 1975 to 1982, started 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 booths in the 1950 season, when they were still in Brooklyn. Scully came with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958 and stayed with the club until his retirement in 2016, reports CBS Sports. He was 88 when he retired.
He also worked national broadcasts for Major League Baseball, the NFL, the PGA Tour and also worked for NBC Sports from 1983-89.
“A man known for his impeccable timing, knowing exactly when to step back and allow the crowd to carry the moment, Scully transformed broadcasting,” states The Sporting News.
“Not only did he call Dodgers games, he told stories. Scully brought you into the booth with him, providing guided imageries while sitting in his booth from Chavez Ravine, which overlooked downtown LA,” adds The Sporting News.
Scully became the standard-bearer for announcers in the sport. And as his career went on, he began to rack up the accomplishments. Scully won numerous Sportscaster of the Year awards, was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame and NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.