Vincent Edward Scully, popularly known as Vin Scully, was born on November 29, 1927. He is a well-known sportscaster, best remembered for his 67 seasons calling games for the L.A. Dodgers from 1950 to 2016. In the history of professional sports, his run with the Dodgers organization is the longest tenure for a single-team broadcaster. He also has the second-highest number of years of being associated with the organization in any capacity. He retired in 2016 at the age of 88. On his birthday, let’s remember his life and work, shall we?
Vincent Edward Scully
November 29, 1927
Vincent Edward Scully, popularly known as Vin Scully, was born in the Bronx, New York, U.S. He was raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. His mother’s name is Bridget Scully, and she was a stay-at-home mother. His father’s name was Vincent Aloysius, and he worked as a silk salesman. Unfortunately, when Scully was four years of age, his father passed away from pneumonia. His mom later got married to Allan Reeve, who was a merchant sailor and whom Scully viewed as his dad.
Growing up, he attended Bronx’s Fordham Preparatory School and pursued his early education. When he was eight years old, Scully developed a knack for baseball. As he was a member of various social groups and lived in proximity to the Polo Grounds, he began attending the games free of cost. Thereafter, he started to make a living by working several odd jobs. Then he joined the U.S. Navy and was deployed for a period of two years. He returned to Fordham University and started his career as a student journalist and broadcaster majoring in English. During this time, he helped set up the F.M. radio station W.F.U.V.
Scully began his career as a fill-in in a C.B.S. Radio-affiliated station named W.T.O.P. It was located in Washington, D.C. He was then hired for college football coverage by the sports director of C.B.S. Radio Network, Red Barber. Over the course of time, Barber became a sort of a mentor to Scully and taught him the intricacies of being a good sports announcer.
Scully joins the Brooklyn Dodgers radio.
Scully starts working for the New York Yankees.
Scully announces the National Football League.
Scully becomes the lead baseball broadcaster for N.B.C.
Scully joins the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Vin Scully
His advice to fans
Scully had a piece of invaluable advice for fans who want to be sports announcers. He repeated the words of his mentor, Barber — “Never show a rooting interest in the team that employed you, keep your opinions to yourself, and do not listen to other announcers.”
Scully’s unlikely achievement
W.F.U.V., the radio station that Scully helped set up, now presents an annual award named Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipients of the award have had a lifetime of unparalleled success in their field.
Scully’s awards and honors
Scully has numerous awards marking just how successful his career was. In 1995, he was honored with an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the American Sportscasters Association’s Hall of Fame, the California Sports Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
5 Surprising Facts
His favorite baseball team
Growing up, Scully was a big Giants fan.
How he discovered his love
Scully realized that he loves baseball when he saw the results of a 1936 World Series game at a laundromat and sympathized with the losing team.
He is a social butterfly
Scully has been a part of various organizations, such as the Catholic Youth Organization and the N.Y.C. Police Athletic League.
His first job
Scully cleaned silver, delivered beer, and pushed garment racks in the Pennsylvania Hotel’s basement in N.Y.C.
He made a record
Scully was the youngest person to broadcast a World Series.
Vin Scully FAQs
Is Scully still alive?
No, he died on August 2, 2022.
What happened to Vin Scully’s wife?
His wife, Sandra Hunt Scully, passed away in 2021 due to complications from A.L.S.
Who replaced Vin Scully?
The commentator Joe Davis, replaced Scully in 2017.
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