On the evening of July 29, 2014, fans watching the Los Angeles Dodgers game got the great news that announcer Vin Scully will return to announcing the Dodger games next season. The announcement was made in an unusual way. During the video boards segment, the words “Breaking News” flashed, and then team broadcaster Alanna Rizzo appeared at the microphone. Rizzo announced that a news conference was about to be shown. The news conference consisted of appearances from Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu at a table inside the media room of the stadium.
The first person to speak was Ryu, who spoke in Korean, followed by Puig, who spoke in Spanish. Then lastly, Turner translated in English the news that Scully was returning.
Various players were seated in the same room with Ryu, Puig and Turner. When the announcement was made, the players erupted in celebration. Matching their celebration was the crowd at Dodger Stadium. They gave Scully a standing ovation and he rose up in the broadcast booth, with his hand over his heart, and appearing to be moved by the reaction.
Scully’s sixty-five year legacy with the Dodgers goes back to 1950, back when the team was in Brooklyn, New York. One year after graduating from Fordham University, he joined the Dodgers’ broadcasting team with Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond. Prior to this, he had not only played on the university’s baseball team for two seasons, but he also called the baseball, basketball, and football games on the university’s radio station.
Thirty-two years after he began his broadcasting career and became the voice of the Dodgers, Scully was inducted into the Broadcaster’s Wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award in 1982. His recognition and career did not end there. Vin Scully showed no signs of retiring from the team, so the news that he will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers next season comes as no surprise, but no less welcome.
In addition to his Dodger broadcasts, he has also called games for the National Football League and for PGA Tour events on the CBS network from 1975 to 1982. In addition, he has also called Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week, three World Series and four All-Star Games on the NBC network from 1983 to 1989. Scully has also called the World Series on CBS Radio from 1990 to 1997. In total, he has called twenty-five World Series and twelve All-Star Games in his sixty-five year career.
In a statement regarding his return for the 2015 season, he claims that it is very difficult for him to say goodbye to the team. He feels that over the years he has been blessed to have so many friends, meaning the fans of the team. Though he is aware that eventually he will have to leave, but according to him, now is not the time.
Fans of the Dodgers will sooner or later face the time when Scully will no longer announce for the team. Indeed, it does not feel like they are experiencing a game when his voice is not heard. Especially at the start of the game when he says those signature words, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” This is why fans need to enjoy his time with the team as long as possible. As the next season for the Dodgers will mark Vin Scully’s sixty-sixth year with the team, baseball fans will keep on cherishing his return to the broadcasting booth.
By Andrew Cerecedes