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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.

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.

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.

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully has no doubt in his mind the Los Angeles Dodgers will be crowned 2020 World Series champions, and thinks they could’ve gotten the job done already.

“I don’t mean to put anybody down, but when the series started, I thought the Dodgers would win in five (games),” the 92-year-old Scully told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “Not that I know anything, but my thought is, ‘What’s taking them so long?’

“That’s probably a dumb thing to say, but I guess it’s not so much the failings of the Dodgers, but it’s a tribute to the Rays,” Scully added. “They don’t look very formidable on television, I tell you that. They don’t look like a team that scores a lot of runs. You look at them, and they’ll leave the bases loaded, or nobody out and runners on first and third and trying to steal home. They just don’t have enough firepower.”

During the regular season, the Dodgers scored 60 more runs than the Rays and outhomered them by 38. Additionally, L.A.’s team wRC+ was 122 compared to Tampa’s 109 and they accumulated 3.2 more WAR than their World Series opponents.

The Dodgers’ staff posted a lower ERA (3.02) and FIP (3.79) than the Rays, while also allowing less homers and walks per nine.

“I would be totally and completely shocked if they (the Dodgers) lost,” Scully added.

However, the Rays have held their own, winning two of the five World Series contests so far after also beating the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros in the postseason.

If Tampa manages to take Game 6 on Tuesday, they’d be one win away from winning the organization’s first World Series. The Dodgers haven’t won the Fall Classic since 1988.

Scully hopes that isn’t the case.

“I hope everyone does celebrate this,” Scully said of a potential Dodgers win. “It’s been 32 years, and people have been frustrated. Maybe it makes it that much sweeter having to wait so long.”

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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.”