Born In: Bronx, New York, United States
Watching a Los Angeles Dodger baseball match without Vin Scully announcing the same is akin to eating a hamburger without ham! In sport broadcasting history, Vin Scully was a name to reckon with. His sixty-seven seasons and association with the Dodgers, from their Brooklyn Dodger days to their Los Angeles Dodgers ones, as their broadcaster, was the longest ever tenure by any broadcaster in professional sports history with a single team. Scully since an early age was enthralled listening to football broadcasts on radio and dreamed of becoming a sports broadcaster one day. His dream realized when he took up the profile of a student broadcaster and journalist at the Fordham University. His first ever professional experience came with broadcasting a match for the CBS Radio Network by Red Barber in November 1949. The following year, he was first inducted in the Brooklyn Dodger team as one of the announcers in its radio and television booths. No sooner he became the play-by-play announcer of the team, and remained with the team till 2016. Interestingly, what has made him different from his counterparts was his wider vision and complete know-how of on and off field events. He tried to infuse his knowledge about the current affairs and how the same was related to a particular game within his broadcasting. Adding to the same was his impressive style and unique signatory description, ‘It's time for Dodger baseball!’
Also Known As: Vincent Edward Scully
Died At Age: 94
Spouse/Ex-: Joan Crawford, Sandra Hunt
father: Vincent Aloysius Scully
mother: Bridget Scully
Born Country: United States
place of death: Hidden Hills, California, United States
City: Bronx, New York
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: Fordham University
awards: 1982 - Ford Frick Award
2009 - Ambassador Award of Excellence
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Vin Scully was born on November 29, 1927, in The Bronx in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. His father was employed as a silk salesman while his mother was a homemaker.
He completed his preliminary education from Fordham Preparatory School in Bronx.
Vin Scully accompanied Brooklyn Dodgers in Los Angeles and remained as their chief broadcaster. He announced the first game of the 1958 season for the club which was renamed to Los Angeles Dodgers.
During the 1980s and 1990s, he called the entire radio broadcast except for the 3rd and 7th inning, thus giving other Dodger announcers an opportunity. His broadcast partners were Jerry Doggett and Ross Porter.
In 1977, he called baseball for CBS Radio, which continued until 1982, for the All-Star Game. He, along with Sparky Anderson, was the official announcer for the World Series from 1979 to 1982.
For the 1981 NFL season, while John Madden was chosen by CBS as their star color commentator, the spot of play-by-play commentator became a matter of contention between top two CBS commentators, Pat Summerall and Scully. Eventually, both filled up for each other’s absence due to other engagements.
The increasing tiff between him and CBS led him to leave CBS for NBC in 1983. He instead took up the post of NBC’s lead television broadcaster from 1983 until 1989. During his tenure at the NBC, he did not just call for the Saturday Game of the Week, but also three World Series, four National League Championship Series and four All Star Games. He also witnessed several historic moments while at NBC.
In 2006, the Dodger management reinstated his contract with the club through the 2008 baseball season. He called about 100 games per season for both flagship radio station KLAC and television outlets KCAL-TV and Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.
On August 23, 2013, the Dodgers announced that Scully would return to the booth in 2014, for his 65th season as team's broadcaster.
October 2, 2016, marked the final game of Vin Scully's iconic 67-year broadcasting career for the Dodgers and he ended his career the only way it should -- calling a Dodgers-Giants game.
He was inducted in the Hall of Fame by American Sportscasters Association, National Radio Hall of Fame, NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame and California Sports Hall of Fame.
He was thrice named as the National Sportscaster of the Year in 1965, 1978 and 1982. Furthermore, he was twenty-nine times named as the California Sportscaster of the Year. The American Sportscasters Association named him Sportscaster of the Century in 2000, and Top 50 Sportscaster of All-Time in 2009
Vin Scully went into the wedlock with Joan Crawford in 1957. However, the relationship lasted for fifteen years due to the tragic death of his wife from accidental medical overdose in 1972.
The following year, i.e. in 1973, he tied the nuptials yet again with Sandra Schaefer who already had two children from her previous marriage. The couple was blessed with a son who passed away at the age of thirty-three in a helicopter crash. Scully had four children, sixteen grandchildren, two step children and three great-grand children. His second wife died on January 3, 2021.
He was a devout Roman Catholic.
Vin Scully died on August 2, 2022, at the age of 94 at his home in Hidden Hills, California.
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