How amazing it has been to grow up listing to Mr. Vince Scully, truly one of the most recognized, remarkable, and living icons in my lifetime. Indirectly, he has reconfirmed many things in my life. He has showed us the importance of longevity, being consistent and knowing your numbers. He has always had a positive outlook on every player, team, and the sport itself. I will definitely miss hearing his announcing of the Dodgers and his quick wit… God Bless you Vince and thank you for all the Great years!
BIO of Vin Scully
Vin Scully, whose status as one of the top sportscasters in history was reaffirmed recently when he was named as “baseball’s all-time best broadcaster,” is in his 59th season as the “Voice of the Dodgers.” The Hall of Famer’s 59 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any current sports broadcaster with one team.
In the 2005 book “Voices of Summer” by Curt Smith, Scully was named as baseball’s all-time best broadcaster based on “longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice knowledge and miscellany.” Each criterion was rated from 1-10, with the perfect score being 100. Scully was the only broadcaster to reach that number.
Scully, whose vivid yet simplistic description of a baseball game has thrilled fans for years, joined Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ broadcast team in 1950, just a year after graduating from Fordham University. Scully, who played outfield for two seasons on Fordham’s baseball team, called baseball, basketball and football games for the university’s radio station. In 1982, 32 years after he first became a Dodger broadcaster, Scully reached the pinnacle of his sparkling career in baseball when he was inducted into the Broadcaster’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient.
In 2008, Scully has been recognized with several major honors:
On March 29, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission unveiled a permanent bronze plaque in their prestigious Memorial Court of Honor at the peristyle end. The plaque, only the 53rd in history to be enshrined, reads in part, “The games are ephemeral, the scores are forgotten, the players come and go, but the emotions endure, and the contributions of Vincent Edward Scully to Los Angeles will last forever.”
On April 6, Scully was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame, created to honor sports heroes and highlight sports history in the Golden State.
On April 26, he delivered the Seaver College Commencement address to the 2008 graduating class at Pepperdine University in Malibu. The stirring speech featured the theme “Very Difficult, But Possible”. Scully also received Pepperdine’s highest honor, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
On June 13, two icons of American sport joined forces in a unique evening for the benefit of children: Scully and legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden shared the stage before a packed crowd and a live television audience at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles in a charity event called “Scully & Wooden, For the Kids.”