Vin Scully, known for his 67 summers as the Dodgers baseball announcer for his ’67 seasons, mastered beautiful phrases and a flair for storytelling Famous, he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94 years old.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced his death.
For all the big-name players on the Dodgers since World War II, Mr. Sculley was an enduring face of the team. He is also a national sports treasure, broadcasting for CBS and NBC. He called baseball’s game of the week, the All-Star Game, the playoffs and more than two dozen World Series. In 2009, the American Sports Broadcasters Association named him number one on its “50 Sports Broadcasters of All Time” list.
He began broadcasting at Ebbets Field in 1950 as a slender, red-haired 22-year-old graduate of Fordham University, a Red Barber disciple. When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, fans of the huge stadium brought hand-held transistor radios, which had recently become popular in the U.S. market, so Mr. Scully could guide them through Major League Baseball’s West Coast Groundbreaking day.
“I think he’s a master of radio and television,” sports broadcaster Bob Costas once told the Arizona Republic, recalling listening to Mr. Scully as a young man in Los Angeles with transistors hidden under his pillow The scene of the radio. Early 1960s. “I think he’s the best baseball announcer ever.”
Mike Ives contributed reporting.
A full obituary will follow.