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LOS ANGELES – The iconic phrase “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” voiced by Vin Scully, resounding in the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 60 years has been called “the heartbeat of the Dodgers”, by the team as she sadly announced the passing of the legendary broadcaster at 94 on Tuesday.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said. “Vin Scully of the Dodgers was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not just 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. I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed.
California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his condolences Tuesday night after news broke of Scully’s death. In a statement, the governor said:
“Vin Scully was a master at his craft. A native of New York, his unmistakable voice will forever be synonymous with Los Angeles.
When the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1958, Vin came with them. For more than six decades he has provided the soundtrack to generations of baseball fans. He was a master storyteller whose calls had an unparalleled musical quality that was a source of comfort to millions.
Throughout his remarkable career, Vin consistently demonstrated his remarkable ability to improvise poetry, a true artist whose love for the game resonated on every Dodgers broadcast. He was simply the greatest of all time and he will be sorely missed not only by his family and friends, but also by millions of baseball fans.
Local LA station KTLA 5 reported that Vincent Edward Scully was born on November 29, 1927, in Bronx, New York. He began his legendary career at Fordham University, where he worked for the school newspaper and for the college radio station.
He hooked up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s and followed the team to the West Coast where he would become synonymous with Dodgers baseball for the next ’67 season.
Scully retired from calling Dodgers games after the 2016 season, eight years after announcing his original intention to step away from the game he loved.
He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in the 1980s, becoming one of the few announcers to receive this honor. In 2016, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Earlier this year, he received the Baseball Digest Lifetime Achievement Award.
US Senator from California Alex Padilla recalled broadcaster Dodger in a statement:
“Angela and I join Los Angeles – and baseball fans around the world – in mourning the passing of Vin Scully. From Opening Day to the World Series and every inning in between, for generations of fans, Vin Scully’s voice meant it was time for Dodger baseball.Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1980s, I spent many evenings dreaming of playing major league baseball while the voice de Vin narrated the action.
“Vin’s unparalleled storytelling and love of the sport allowed him to transcend baseball. Many fans remember Vin’s unique calls during some of the most memorable football games and golf tournaments of the 20th century.
“While he became a legend for his talents behind the mic, he will be best remembered for his decency beyond the broadcast booth. A few years ago, as California’s Secretary of State, I had the opportunity to introduce Angela and our boys to Vin at a pre-game voter registration event. He was incredibly kind to my family, as he was to all of the fans. He always made time for the fans, regardless of age or profession, when and where he met them. Vin Scully was truly an ambassador for the Dodgers, Los Angeles and the entire sport of baseball. Our hearts go out to the entire family Scully.
In a Facebook post, Out Dodgers manager Erik Braverman expressed his sadness at the passing of the team’s legendary broadcaster:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2022