Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully (born November 29, 1927) is a veteran broadcaster with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His 63 seasons with the Dodgers (1950 – present) is the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. At the age of 25, Scully became the youngest man to broadcast a World Series game. He broadcast the 1953 World Series.
Career[change | change source]
From 1975 to 1982, Scully announced the televised National Football League games for CBS Sports. Scully also added to the network's tennis and PGA Tour golf coverage in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was NBC television's lead baseball broadcaster from 1983 to 1989.
The first biography of Scully's life, Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story, written by Curt Smith, was published in 2009.
As of 2012, Scully announces Dodgers' home games as well as road games in California, Arizona, and Colorado.
Awards and honors[change | change source]
Scully received the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He was honored with a Life Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting and induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has named Scully as National Sportscaster of the Year three times (1965, 1978, 1982) and California Sportscaster of the Year 29 times. He was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1991. He was the 1992 Hall of Fame inductee of the American Sportscasters Association (ASA), and was named both Sportscaster of the Century by the ASA (2000) and top sportscaster of all-time on its Top 50 list (2009). Scully was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009.
Scully has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6675 Hollywood Blvd. Since 2001 the press box at Dodger Stadium has been named for Scully. A street near the team's former Dodgertown spring training facility in Vero Beach, Florida is named "Vin Scully Way".
Memorable calls[change | change source]
Scully has been at some of Baseball’s most famous moments. He has made the calls that have since become part of the game's lore:
- The 1955 World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only World Series Championship
- Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956
- Sandy Koufax’s perfect game on September 9, 1965
- Hank Aaron’s 715th home run on April 8, 1974
- Rick Monday's rescue of the American flag from a pair of protesters attempting to burn it on April 25, 1976
- Bill Buckner’s muffed ground ball in the 1986 World Series between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox on October 25, 1986
- Cincinnati Red Tom Browning's perfect game against the Dodgers on September 16, 1988
- Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in Game 1 of the World Series between the Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics on October 15, 1988
- Fernando Valenzuela's no-hitter on June 29, 1990
- Montreal Expo Dennis Martínez's perfect game against the Dodgers on June 28, 1991
- The Dodgers' four consecutive home runs against the San Diego Padres on September 18, 2006
References[change | change source]
- Sandomir, Richard. "Daffy Days of Brooklyn Return for Vin Scully"
- "Chris Schenkel named 25th greatest sportscaster of all-time." Article at www.pba.com, January 15, 2009.
- Simers, T.J. (April 22, 2001). "Scully should be heard when talk is of greatness". Los Angeles Times.
- Springer, Steve (July 12, 2008). "There's no going back to Vero Beach". Los Angeles Times.