During Tuesday Night’s contest against the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Vin Scully had a special message for the fans at Dodger Stadium and for those watching at home.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 30, 2014
Yes, Vin Scully is returning to the broadcasting booth named after him for his 66th season with the Dodgers. Everybody throw your sombrero to the sky!
The broadcasting legend, considered by most to be the finest in the history of the business, was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation after the news was delivered by Hyun-Jin Ryu in Korean, Yasiel Puig in Spanish, and Justin Turner in English. Scully acknowledged the crowd from the press box and said on the broadcast, “Boy it’s tough to get over that”.
Scully began calling Dodgers games in 1950 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick award in 1982. He has called 25 World Series, 12 All-Star Games, three perfect games and 20 no-hitters, including Clayton Kershaw‘s masterpiece this season. Scully was the youngest person ever to call a World Series game at the tender age of 27.
Scully will continue to call Dodger home games, for which he currently broadcasts all nine innings on television, with the first three innings simulcast on radio. Currently Scully only travels to cover road games in California and Arizona, something which is likely to continue next season.
As for what the man himself had to say about the announcement……
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
Indeed, this is not the time. For that we are incredibly grateful.