Vin Scully

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August 15, 2022

Vincent Edward Scully, known as Vin Scully, born November 29, 1927 in New York City and died August 2, 2022, was an American radio and television sports commentator. He was the official commentator, from 1950 to 2016, of baseball games for the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Los Angeles Dodgers. These 67 consecutive seasons to commentate the matches of the same sports franchise constitute a record in the world of sport and the media.

Biography

Vin Scully grew up in the Bronx, the borough of New York where he was born, and in Washington Heights, a neighborhood of Manhattan. His mother, Bridget, is Irish. Her father Vincent Aloysius Scully, a silk merchant, succumbed to pneumonia when Vin was 4 years old. He was raised by his mother and her companion, an English sailor named Allan Reeve. Scully studied radio at Fordham University and graduated in 1949. During his student years, he participated in the launch, in 1947, of the radio station WFUV, on which he was a regular commentator for baseball, football and American and Fordham Rams basketball, university sports teams. Shortly before graduating, he began his job search and was offered a position at WTOP, a Class A radio station of the CBS network, based in Washington D.C.. It began in 1950 and in 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series: Ladies and gentlemen, the Brooklyn Dodgers are the champions of the world. Throughout the winter of 1955-56, the only question Vin heard was: how could you remain so calm announcing this triumph? And Scully replies: “If I had added one more word, I would have cried. (If I had said another word, I would have cried). Named California's top sportswriter 38 times, he received the Ford C. Frick Baseball Hall of Fame Award in 1982 and an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995 and was named the best television sportswriter of the 20th century by the American Sportscasters Association in 2000. In his book Voices of Summer (2005), Curt Smith ranks Vin Scully first in his ranking of the top 100 baseball commentators on television or radio with the maximum score of 100 out of 100, ahead of Mel Allen (99) , Ernie Harwell (97), Jack Buck (96) and Red Barber (95). Jerry Doggett co-hosted with Scully for 31 years (1957-1987) before Don Drysdale replaced him in 1988. In 1993, Scully had to announce on the air the death of Drysdale, who succumbed to cardiac arrest in his bedroom. hotel in Montreal during the duo's trip to a game between the Dodgers and the Expos. During his last years of work, Scully, octogenarian, described the local games of the Dodgers and limited his travels to away games played in California or in close states, notably Arizona. It describes about 100 games per season. Towards the end of his career, he only signs one-year contracts and eventually informs if he will be back for another year. On August 23, 2013, Scully indicated his intention to continue describing Dodgers games for the 2014 season for a 65th year. On July 29, 2014, he confirmed that he would return the following year, in 2015, for his 66th season. On August 28, 2015, he announced his return for a 67th season in 2016. On August 29, 2015, Scully mentioned that the 2016 season might be his last. In November 2015, his decision seemed made and he announced that 2016 would be his 67th and last year at the microphone. He describes his last game on Oct. 2, 2016 when the Dodgers visit the Giants in San Francisco, 80 years to the day after becoming an 8-year-old New York Giants fan in the Bronx where he grew up. On April 11, 2016, the address of Dodger St