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Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday at the age of 94, the club announced.

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said.

“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 as a humanitarian. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family.”

Scully received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He began calling Dodgers games in 1950 in Brooklyn and stayed with the club through its move to Los Angeles before retiring from the booth in 2016.

Scully’s 67-year career with the Dodgers is the longest run for any broadcaster with a single team in sports history.

Scully called numerous World Series on both radio and television. One of his most memorable calls came when Bill Buckner committed his infamous error during Game 6 of the 1986 Fall Classic between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets.

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Scully also delivered an epic moment during the 1988 World Series when a hobbled Kirk Gibson crushed a pinch-hit home run in Game 1 between the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics.

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Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced City Hall will be lit up Wednesday in honor of Scully.

“We lost the greatest to ever do it,” current Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis said during Tuesday’s broadcast.

Mike “Doc” Emrick is signing off after a legendary career in the broadcast booth.

Emrick finished his journey with NBC while working from home this postseason, and the 74-year-old expressed gratitude as he reflected on his career.

“I hope I can handle retirement OK, especially since I’ve never done it before,” he said Sunday, according to the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick. “But I’ve just been extremely lucky for 50 years. And NBC has been so good to me, especially since the pandemic, when I was allowed to work from home in a studio NBC created.

“Now, into my golden years, this just seemed to be the time that was right.”

Emrick began his career in sports broadcasting in 1973 with American radio station WHLS. The Indiana native then became the first voice of the New Jersey Devils when the club joined the league prior to the 1982-83 season. He’s been the lead voice for NHL games on NBC and NBC Sports since moving to the network full time in 2011.

In 2004, Emrick became the first of now five media members to receive the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award. He also received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

Emrick has won six national Emmy Awards for excellence in sports broadcasting, and he became the first media member to be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

Suspended Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been meeting with members of the LGBTQ community after uttering an anti-gay slur during a live broadcast in mid-August.

Brennaman, who was unaware his mic was hot when he uttered the slur, acknowledged he’s trying to make amends for his mistake.

“Everything happened so fast,” the 56-year-old said Monday, according to Mark Fischer of the New York Post. “And I’m watching literally everything fall apart at the seams while trying to announce a baseball game. I couldn’t even tell you what happened, where it came from. … Look, I said it is all that matters. The rest of it is irrelevant. I said it. And I own it. And I’m the one who has to live with it.”

He added: “The realization of the incredible hurt that I’ve caused using that word has been breathtaking. It’s been absolutely amazing the amount of grace and forgiveness and support. … If I get another chance, someone will be hiring a better person than the person who walked out the door that night on Aug. 19.”

Brennaman said after the incident he planned to participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion training. He’s since spoken with Cincinnati-based LGBTQ activist Ryan Messer, among others. Messer has called for the Reds to reinstate Brennaman from his current suspension, notes Fischer.

“If he used (the word) then, he used it before,” Messer said. “If we don’t open the dialogue to help explain (the meaning behind the word), how do we learn and grow from it? And that’s where my whole perspective comes, and I’m willing to make sure he understands that, which is why he is coming to my house Saturday to meet my family, my husband, and four kids.”

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The Charlotte Hornets announced Tuesday the indefinite suspension of team radio broadcaster John Focke after he used a racial slur in a since-deleted tweet about Monday’s first-round matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Focke used the N-word instead of Nuggets and later apologized for his actions on social media.

“Earlier today, I made a horrific error while attempting to tweet about the Denver-Utah game,” Focke wrote. “I don’t know how I mistyped, I had (and have) no intention of ever using that work. I take full responsibility for my actions.

“I have been sick to my stomach about it ever since. I’m truly sorry that this happened and I apologize to those I offended.”

The Hornets are currently investigating the matter.

“The Charlotte Hornets are aware of the recent social media post by radio broadcaster John Focke,” the team said in a statement. “As an organization, we do not condone this type of language.”

Focke just finished his first season with Charlotte after previously calling games for the Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

Longtime Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear resigned in June after tweeting “All Lives Matter” when asked for his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement by former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.

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The Seattle Kraken named Everett Fitzhugh as their team broadcaster Friday. He’s now set to become the league’s first Black full-time team play-by-play announcer when the Kraken begin play in the 2021-22 season.

“As someone who’s worked in hockey for more than a decade, to be named a part of the broadcast and content for a brand-new NHL franchise – particularly one with an organization as strong as the Kraken – is a dream come true,” Fitzhugh said. “Getting to the NHL has always been my goal. I look forward to representing the Kraken organization throughout the greater Seattle community.”

Fitzhugh spent the last five seasons as the radio play-by-play announcer for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. He also served as the Cyclones’ director of media relations and broadcasting, as well as the team’s official spokesperson.

“Everett has established himself as a unique and leading voice for hockey,” Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke said. “He’s going to bring tremendous energy and talent to our broadcast and content team, and we can’t wait for our fans to get to know him.”

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Legendary former Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling in his home on Tuesday, the team announced Thursday.

The 92-year-old is resting comfortably and joked that he “won’t be doing any more headfirst sliding, I never liked it.”

Scully began calling games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 and stayed with the club through its relocation to Los Angeles until 2016. He won the Ford C. Frick Award, given annually to one broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball,” in 1982.

 

The 2016 season will be Vin Scully’s last calling games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and despite his unfailingly humble interpretation of his place in baseball history, the broadcaster’s legacy will endure at Dodger Stadium for generations.

In fact, it’s possible that Scully’s legacy will endure on the road that leads to Chavez Ravine, too.

On Friday, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo is expected to make a motion to rename Elysian Park Avenue – the street that leads directly to Dodger Stadium’s main entrance – after the venerable 88-year-old announcer, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.

Scully, who’s heading into his 67th season with the Dodgers, is expected to have plenty of support from the organization – Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, and manager Dave Roberts are among those expected to attend Friday’s meetings – and the club is hopeful the street name can be changed in time for the 2016 campaign.

“There’s no better way to recognize such an iconic Dodger as Hall of Famer Vin Scully than naming a street after him,” said Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. “We appreciate Gil Cedillo and city officials bringing this to the forefront, and we look forward to the day when everyone can drive on Vin Scully Avenue when they enter Dodger Stadium.”

As he approaches the end of his illustrious career, Scully appears to have acquiesced to receiving the honor. He opposed the idea of having a street named after him back in 2013 when it was first broached by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said of the previous attempt to honor him in September 2013. “And if he is considering the idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Ralph Kiner, who slugged his way into the baseball Hall of Fame and enjoyed a half-century career as a popular broadcaster, died Thursday. He was 91.

The Hall said Kiner died at his home in Rancho Mirage with his family at his side.

Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made his debut in 1946 and his power quickly became the talk of baseball – he won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.

”Kiner’s Korner” was already a fixture on the New York Mets’ airways when he was inducted into the Hall in 1975. He was elected with just one vote to spare in his 15th and final year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.

The six-time All-Star still ranks sixth all-time with a home run every 14.1 at-bats. He averaged more than 100 RBIs per season and hit .279 with the Pirates, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland.

When he retired early because of back problems, Kiner was sixth on the career home run list. Several years later, he joined the broadcast crew of the Mets for their expansion season in 1962 and earned a permanent place – the home TV booth at Shea Stadium was named in his honor.

”Kiner’s Korner” was a delight for players and fans alike, where stars would join Kiner for postgame chats.

Kiner was known for his malaprops and took them in stride, often laughing about his own comments. He once famously said: ”If Casey Stengel were alive today, he’d be spinning in his grave.”

Kiner had a stroke about a decade ago that slowed his speech, but remained an occasional part of the Mets’ announcing crew. He worked a handful of games last season at Citi Field, his 52th year of calling their games.

Fellow announcers such as Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling always brightened when Kiner was alongside them. Younger fans who were born long after Kiner retired also reveled in his folksy tales.

”As one of baseball’s most prolific power hitters for a decade, Ralph struck fear into the hearts of the best pitchers of baseball’s Golden Era despite his easygoing nature, disarming humility and movie-star smile,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said in a statement.

”His engaging personality and profound knowledge of the game turned him into a living room companion for millions of New York Mets fans who adored his game broadcasts and later ‘Kiner’s Korner’ for more than half a century,” he said. ”He was as comfortable hanging out in Palm Springs with his friend Bob Hope as he was hitting in front of Hank Greenberg at Forbes Field.”

As a teen, hanging around the Hollywood Stars in the Pacific Coast League, Kiner shook hands with Babe Ruth and talked ball with Ty Cobb. In high school, he hit a home run off Satchel Paige during a barnstorming tour.

When he got older, Kiner got to play with real Hollywood stars. His pals included Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and he once squired Liz Taylor.

As a rookie, Kiner won the NL homer title with 23, beating Johnny Mize by one. He really broke loose the next year, hitting 51 home runs with 127 RBIs while batting .313.

Stuck on poor teams, Kiner never made it to the postseason. He made his mark in All-Star games, homering in three straight.

Kiner connected in the 1950 showcase at Comiskey Park, but made more noise with another ball he hit in the game. He hit a long drive to the base of the scoreboard in left-center field and Ted Williams broke his left elbow making the catch, causing him to miss two months.

”Williams always said I ruined his batting stroke, that he could never hit after that,” Kiner said. ”Yeah, sure. He only hit .388 in ’57.”

Ralph McPherran Kiner was born on Oct. 27, 1922. He married tennis star Nancy Chaffee in 1951.