Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, the radio voice of the Dodgers for nearly seven decades, has died. He was 94.
Scully’s velvety voice and smooth story-telling style made him one of the most beloved figures in the history of the Dodgers’ franchise. After earning a degree from Fordham University, where he also helped found student radio station WFUV, he began work on the Brooklyn Dodgers’ broadcasts in 1950. He accompanied the team west when it moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.
“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 said in a statement. “Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.”
His many notable moments behind the microphone included Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965. His ninth-inning call of that game has been described as pure baseball literature. “There are 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies,” Scully said.
His voice became more nationally known as he worked for CBS from 1975-82 calling baseball, as well as NFL football and golf. He then moved to NBC, where he was the network’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer from 1983-89.
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