Some people are lucky enough to find and remain in a craft for so long that at some point, it feels like the craft just isn’t the same without them. For Vin Scully, it was broadcasting for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, which he did for 67 years.
His voice is one of the greatest in all of sports and became the soundtrack to baseball. His talent came with more than a touch of charisma and charm. So much that one could get lost in the tidbits and facts he shared about the players while announcing.
His was the kind of voice that could instantly install itself in the minds of baseball fans. When you hear it, you think baseball. For many of us, that means memories, stories, and past times forever cherished.
Scully was the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history.1 He’s called plays by guys like Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, Hideo Nomo, Many Ramirez, and Yasiel Puig.
He’s called some of the most significant plays in baseball history, which include:
- Don Larsen’s Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series
- Sandy Koufax’ Perfect Game in 1965
- Dennis Martinez’ Perfect Game in 1991
- Don Drysdale’s scoreless streak of 58 2/3 innings in 1968
- Orel Hershiser’s 59 consecutive scoreless innings in 1988
- Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run that broke Babe Ruth’s record in 1974
- Barry Bonds’ Home Run that broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record in 2001
- Bill Buckner’s error in 1986 World Series Game 6
- Kirk Gibson’s HR in 1988 World Series Game 1
- Joe Carter’s walk-off HR in 1993 World Series Game 6
- 18 No-Hitters
- 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games
Scully is highly decorated. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1983, got a stadium’s press box named after him in 2001, and in 2016, the year he retired, the street leading to Dodger Stadium’s main gate was named in his honor and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Vin Scully passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at the age of 94. He will be missed but forever remembered.