Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame broadcaster of the MLB and voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for around seven decades, passed away on Tuesday. He was 94 years old. Read on to know what happened to him and what was the cause of his death.
Vin Scully had become synonymous with the Dodgers and he was more of an icon for the club. His popularity defeats any player, coach, or manager of the team. Fans had become addicted to starting Dodger’s games with Scully’s iconic line “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”
The baseball world is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the legend. Fans, players, and everyone else has been paying tributes to the departed soul.
Vin Scully Dies at 94: Los Angeles Dodgers
Vin Scully, the highly celebrated announcer for the Dodgers, died at his home in Los Angeles this Tuesday. As of August 2, 2022, he was 94 years old. LA Dodgers announced the tragic news of the legendary broadcaster’s passing.
Scully had a career spanning nearly 70 years where he served as the voice of the Dodgers for 67 seasons. He also broadcasted for CBS and NBC. People called him the national sports treasure due to his smooth voice and intriguing story-telling style.
“He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw,” the Dodgers mentioned in a statement.
“Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.“
What was Vin Scully’s Cause of Death?
The official statement coming from Los Angeles Dodgers confirming Scully’s death didn’t reveal a cause immediately. He likely died a natural death as he was already 94 years old. He had been working for more than half a decade and his body just couldn’t keep up with it now.
Scully’s condition had been deteriorating in the last few years due to old age-related issues. During the later stages of his career, Scully only called the home games for Dodgers as he couldn’t travel to cast away matches.
Unfortunately, the legend isn’t with us anymore. His voice will be remembered forever by each and every Dodgers fan.
Vin Scully Had a Legendary Broadcasting Career
Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29, 1927. He started his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University where he majored in English. Scully began announcing for MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers in 1950 and continued till 2016.
His legendary partnership with the club ended for whopping 67 summers. He is the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. Scully’s countless notable moments behind the mic include Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1955.
A call he gave in the ninth inning of that game has been described as pure baseball literature. “There are 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies,” said Scully.
Scully also worked for CBS from 1975 to 1982 calling baseball as well as NFL football and golf. From 1983 to 1989, he moved to NC and worked as the network’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer. He became more nationally known during these stints.
In a fans poll conducted by the Dodgers in 1976, Scully was voted the most memorable personality from the team’s first two decades in Los Angeles. He was elected to the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Scully received an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement in sports broadcasting. During the later years of his career, he confined his game only to local games due to not being able to travel extensively. He hung up the boots in 2016 and got a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama a month later.
Tributes & Respect coming to Vin Scully’s Side
Ever since the unfortunate news of Scully’s passing emerged, social media is full of tributes and respect for the late broadcaster. People are remembering him for a special style of commentary and for making the games more exciting than they actually are.
“Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our game,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement. “Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting 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 am proud that Vin was synonymous with Baseball because he embodied the very best of our National Pastime. As great as he was as a broadcaster, he was equally great as a person.”
“We have lost an icon,” said Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten. “The Dodgers’ Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but as a humanitarian. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.”
These are some of the most notable tributes to the gone legend. Our prayers go out to the family, friends, and fans during the tough time. May God let Scully’s soul rest in peace.
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