April 21, 2014

Vin Scully

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Vin Scully is an honorary member of the Ballparkradio.com team. He was the inspiration for the founding of this site. Ballparkradio founder Jim Flanagan has been listening to Vin Scully since the age of 7, and let’s just say that’s most of Vin’s long and illustrious career.

We salute the talents and illustrious career of baseball’s greatest broadcaster, Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Enjoy the Vin Scully highlight clips via the audio player below.

VIN SCULLY

Vin Scully, whose status as one of the top sportscasters in history was reaffirmed recently when he was voted “Sportscaster of the 20th Century,” enters his 55th season as the “Voice of the Dodgers.” The Hall of Famer’s 55 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any current sports broadcaster with one team.

Scully, whose vivid yet simplistic description of a baseball game has thrilled fans for years, joined Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ broadcast team in 1950, just a year after graduating from Fordham University. Scully, who played outfield for two seasons on Fordham’s baseball team, called baseball, basketball and football games for the university’s radio station. In 1982, 32 years after he first became a Dodger broadcaster, Scully reached the pinnacle of his sparkling career in baseball when he was inducted into the Broadcaster’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient.

In July 2000, Scully was elected as the top sportscaster of the 20th century by more than 500 national members of the American Sportscasters Association. He topped such broadcasting icons as Howard Cosell, Mel Allen and others in balloting by the ASA, a non-profit organization that recognizes achievements in sports broadcasting. Also in 2000, Scully was honored by Fordham University in Bronx, NY as he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honorary degree. He also was the commencement speaker for Fordham’s 2000 graduating class of 3,765. On April 21, 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in Scully’s honor.

In addition to his Dodger broadcasts, the multi-talented broadcaster called play-by-play for National Football League games and PGA Tour events on CBS-TV from 1975-82 and play-by-play for Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week, three World Series and four All-Star Games on NBC-TV from 1983-89. Scully also called play-by-play for the World Series on CBS Radio from 1990-97. In all, he has called 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.

Scully portrayed himself in “For the Love of the Game,” the 1999 Universal Pictures release starring Kevin Costner. During the 1999 World Series, Scully served as master of ceremonies at Major League Baseball’s “All-Century Team” unveiling at Atlanta’s Turner Field. He was also named “best of the century” in Los Angeles Sports broadcasting by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the “poet laureate of baseball” by USA Today. He has also lended his voice to Sony Playstation’s MLB video game.

He and his wife, Sandi, reside in Los Angeles.

SOME OF HIS OTHER BROADCASTING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Three perfect games (Don Larsen in 1956, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) and 18 no-hitters.
Johnny Podres’ shutout of the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, which gave the Dodgers their first World Championship.
The Dodgers’ first game in Los Angeles at the Coliseum on April 18, 1958.
The Yankees-Dodgers exhibition game on May 7, 1959 that honored Roy Campanella before a Major League record 93,103 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The Dodgers’ playoff win over the Milwaukee Braves and World Series victory over the Chicago White Sox in 1959, which gave them their second World Championship; and other World Championship seasons in Los Angeles in 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988.
Don Drysdale’s 58.2 scoreless innings streak in 1968 and Orel Hershiser’s 59.0 scoreless innings streak in 1988.
Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run that broke Babe Ruth’s Major League record at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium on April 8, 1974.
Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs.
The rookie seasons of Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and Hideo Nomo in 1995.
Scully, master of the English language, has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including being named the Most Memorable Personality in L.A. Dodger history by Dodger fans in 1976.

OTHER AWARDS INCLUDE:

Named the country’s Outstanding Sportscaster four times and California Sportscaster of the Year 24 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, including being honored as the 2001 California Sportscaster of the Year.

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Sports Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1996 for his “distinguished and outstanding” work.

Inducted into the American Sportscasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 1992.

Inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1997.

Won the Los Angeles area Governors Emmy Award from the Academy of the Television Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors in 1992 for his special contribution to television in Los Angeles.

Named the Southern California Sports Broadcaster Association’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1994; Broadcaster of the Year in 1984; Radio Play-by-Play award in 1991; and Baseball Play-by-Play award in 1993.

Named American Sportscasters Association’s Sportscaster of the Year in 1985.
Won the Voice of Vision award in 1992 for his “incredible gift of painting vivid word pictures so those without sight can also see Dodger baseball.”

Recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award in 1987.

Had his star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982.
In 1995, had a baseball field named after him in Bogota, NJ, where he resided while working with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Received the inaugural Arthur Daley Memorial Award in 1995, which is presented to a Fordham alumnus who has distinguished himself in the field of athletic journalism.

Had a tribute in his honor from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 1997.