Longtime and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday, the Dodgers announced. He was 94 years old.
“He was the voice of the Dodgers and so much more. He was her conscience, her Poet Laureate, capturing her beauty and chronicling her fame, from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, from Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in many ways the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement.
“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in many ways the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”
Scully, who called various nationally televised football and golf competitions for CBS Sports from 1975 to 1982, began his broadcasting career in 1949 after attending Fordham University, where he studied journalism and worked as a broadcasting student. He joined the Dodgers’ radio and television booths during the 1950 season while they were still in Brooklyn. Scully arrived in Los Angeles with the Dodgers in 1958 and stayed with the club until his retirement in 2016.
He also did national broadcasts for Major League Baseball, the NFL, the PGA Tour, and also worked for NBC Sports from 1983-1989.
“Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Vin was an extraordinary man whose broadcasting talent brought joy to generations of Dodger fans. In addition, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in the history of our sport. I’m proud that Vin was synonymous with baseball because he embodied the very best of our national pastime. As great as a broadcaster, he was great as a person.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I offer my deepest condolences to Vin’s family, friends, Dodger fans and admirers everywhere.”
Scully’s most famous NFL call came with CBS in 1982 when he was play-by-play for Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship game. Or, as it’s been called, simply The Catch:
Also during her time at CBS, Scully was part of the broadcast crew tasked with calling The Masters from 1975 to 1982.
Perhaps Scully’s most famous baseball call in the 1988 World Series came when a limping Kirk Gibson got away with a hand sweep home run in Game 1:
Scully was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a 1982 Ford C. Frick Award winner and received Bud Selig’s Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Scully and his second wife, Sandra, were married for 48 years before she died on January 3, 2021. Scully had four children, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“We’ve lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Vin Scully of the Dodgers was one of the greatest voices in all of the sport. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster but as a philanthropist. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and will be burned into our minds forever. I know he was looking forward to meeting the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.”