“We have lost an icon,” said Stan Kasten, the President and CEO of the Dodgers in a statement.
“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,” Kasten said.
“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.”
By 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953 and when, two years later, Barber left to join the New York Yankees, Scully was the voice for the Dodgers.
From the broadcast booth perch, Scully became the narrator for the story of baseball’s greatest franchises. He was there when the “Boys of Summer” won their first World Series in 1955 and called the final innings of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. It was one of more than 20 no-hitters that Scully covered in his career, the team noted.
When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also departed his native city to extend a career that lasted 67 years with the Dodgers, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team, the team said.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he was also heard on national TV as an announcer for golf and football as well as baseball.
Friends and fans pay their respects
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, speaking after the team beat the Giants in San Francisco Tuesday night, said the broadcaster inspired him to be better.
“There’s not a better storyteller. I think everyone considers him family. He was in our living rooms for so many generations. Dodger fans consider him part of their family. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.”
Scully broadcast his final home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.
In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described what it felt like: “When I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day at the stadium, I hung a big sign out of the door of the window of the booth and it said, ‘I ‘ll miss you.’ That’s how I felt about the fans.”
CNN’s Jillian Martin contributed to this report.
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