Vin Scully, the beloved voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles — whose lyrical descriptions of the games he shared with his legion of listeners often bordered on poetry — died at his home in the Hidden Hills section of Los Angeles, the Dodgers announced. He was 94.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement, the NY Post reports.
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“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. 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.”
Tributes from all corners of the globe came pouring in for Scully who was behind the microphone for some historic sporting moments.
His tenure behind the microphone began in 1950 and came to an end following the 2016 season, it’s recognised as the longest tenure by any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history.
Members of the baseball community and other sports figures and fans paid their respects to the legend on Twitter:
ESPN’s Michael Kay wrote: “We have lost the greatest broadcaster who ever lived as Vin Scully passed away Tuesday evening. Every game was a masters class as he turned an inning into poetry. And as great as he was, he was just as nice. Class, elegance and grace were all part of his humble but regal being.”
ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale wrote: “A tough week for sports fans that admire greatness as we have lost 2 ALL TIME GREATS .The late @NBA greatest winner of all-time in the legendary @celtics BILL RUSSELL & tonight the fabulous @Dodgers VIN SCULLY! They both were AS GOOD AS IT GETS in what they did. May they RIP.”
New York Mets voice Howie Rose wrote: “The greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived, Vin Scully, has passed away. It was an honor just to know him. He demonstrated that language still matters and forged an intimate bond with his listeners that the rest of us can only strive to achieve. The Renoir of broadcasters.”