“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Gaston said in a statement.
“The Dodgers’ 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 also as a humanitarian,” Gaston said.
“He loved people, he loved life, he loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and will always be in all of our hearts.”
By age 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, and two years later, Scully provided voice for the Dodgers when Barber left to join the New York Yankees.
From the broadcast booth, Scully became the narrator of the story of baseball’s greatest owners. He was there when the “Boys of Summer” won their first World Series in 1955 and called the final inning of Don Larson’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. The team noted that it was one of more than 20 no-hitters Scully had covered in his career.
When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully left his hometown and stayed with the Dodgers for 67 years, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a team, according to the team.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he was also heard on national television as an announcer for golf and football and baseball.
Friends and fans pay tribute
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke after the team’s win over the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night, and the broadcaster encouraged him to be better.
“No great storyteller. I think everyone considers him family. He’s been in our living rooms for generations. Dodger fans consider him part of their family. He lived an amazing life and it’s a legacy that will live on forever.”
Scully hit his final home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.
In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described how it felt: “When I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day at the ballpark, I hung a big sign outside the window door of the booth that said, ‘I’ll miss you.’ That’s how I felt about the fans.”
CNN’s Jillian Martin contributed to this report.
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