Vin Scully, Los Angeles Dodgers’ longtime broadcaster and Hall of Fame entertainer, tragically passed away at age 94 on Tuesday night.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten shared in a statement. “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.”
As Kasten continued, he shed light on the ways in which the broadcaster changed the lives of many, a driving force being his love for others. The CEO included, “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.”
“I know he was looking forward to joining the love of his life, Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time. Vin will be truly missed,” he concluded, paying tribute to the icon.
Major League Baseball mourns the life of broadcaster Vin Scully
However, sadness was expressed beyond the Los Angeles Dodgers. Given the fact that Scully was an industry icon for over sixty years, the entire MLB mourned the loss of the broadcaster. At the time of his passing, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred issued another statement that said, “Today we mourn the loss of a legend in our game.”
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“Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting brought joy to generations of Dodger fans. In addition, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in the history of our sport,” he continued. “I am proud that Vin was synonymous with Baseball because he embodied the very best of our National Pastime. As great as he was as a broadcaster, he was equally great as a person.”
Manfred added the sentiments, “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Vin’s family, friends, Dodger fans and his admirers everywhere.”
Vin Scully’s long history in the MLB began in the 1950s and lasted until 2016. He represented the Dodgers during their time in Brooklyn and through Los Angeles. By the time his career ended, Scully was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history. To call him a legend in the industry would be an understatement.
“He was the best there ever was,” Clayton Kershaw said after the Dodgers’ game in San Francisco. “Just when you think about the Dodgers, there’s a lot of history here and a lot of people that have come through. It’s just a storied franchise all the way around. But it almost starts with Vin, honestly.”
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