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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Vin Scully, a 94-year-old veteran play-by-play commentator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, passed away on Tuesday.
From 1950, when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn, until his retirement at age 88, Scully was the team’s primary announcer. He called games for both Jackie Robinson and Corey Seager, making his affiliation with the Dodgers the longest in sports history.
He passed away, the Dodgers said late on Tuesday night.
At Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City in the year 1991, Vince Scully interviews Los Angeles Dodgers player #44 Darryl Strawberry before the start of a Major League Baseball game versus the New York Mets. From 1991 until 1993, Strawberry played for the Dodgers. (Sports Focus/Getty Images)
“An icon has vanished. Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, was among the best in all of sports. Not only as a broadcaster, but also as a humanitarian, he was a giant of a man. He was a kind man. He cherished life. He adored the Dodgers and baseball. And he cherished his family. His voice will live on in all of our memories for all time. I am certain that he was eager to be with Sandi, his true love. His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this really trying time. Vin will be sincerely missed.”
During his time with the Dodgers, Scully broadcasted for 19 Hall of Famers who wore the team’s uniform.
Scully was the voice of 25 World Series, 20 no-hitters, 12 All-Star Games, and three perfect games in addition to announcing Dodgers games. He also called professional tennis and the PGA Tour in addition to NFL games from 1975 to 1982, including Dwight Clark’s catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game.
The perfect game by Sandy Koufax in 1965, Babe Ruth’s record-breaking home run by Hank Aaron 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 may rank among his most memorable calls.
On September 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, retired Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, second from the left, talks during a pregame ceremony honoring Spanish announcer Jaime Jarrin and inducting him into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor. (Getty Images/Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Scully received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 after being named the Ford C. Frick Award winner by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Scully is largely recognized as one of the best sports broadcasters in history, if not the best.