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Farewell to Vin Scully

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That was Vin Scully‘s signature line before all broadcasts and on Sunday marked Scully’s final game at Dodgers Stadium. Those 67 seasons are the most any broadcaster has spent with one professional sports team. After 67 years, Scully is walking away from the game of professional baseball which he changed in his time behind the mic. No one has made a larger impact in the broadcast booth than Vin Scully.

“Good is not good when better is expected.” -Vin Scully

Scully since an early age wanted to become a sports announcer. He grew up so close to the Polo Grounds, watching games which often came at little to no cost to him. He was a quite a Giants fan growing up because of that. However, that would change. After serving our country for a brief couple of years, he took his ambitions to Fordham University, not far off from his home, to be a student broadcaster and journalist. After a short stint with CBS Radio, he joined the Dodgers crew and the rest was history.

“It’s a wonderful feeling being a bridge to the past and unite generations.” -Vin Scully

Scully has been with the Dodger organization since they were still in Brooklyn and has been with them ever since. He has been a part of some of the biggest moments in professional sports. Scully pretty much covered it all, from calling the MLB regular season and postseason. To calling the World Series, MLB All Star Game, Super Bowl, and even the Masters.  He has seen sports history unfold with his own two eyes.

“All year-long they looked to him (Kirk Gibson) to light the fire and all year-long he  answered the demands. High fly ball into right field. She is gone! [pause] In a year that had been so improbable, the impossible has happened.”


That quote gave people chills for years to follow and is used when talking about one the biggest moments in Dodgers’ history, Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. This is just one of the many moments that he has witnesses and called.

“Let’s all take a deep breath as we go to the most dramatic ninth inning in the history of baseball. I’m going to sit back, light up, and hope I don’t chew the cigarette to pieces.” -Vin Scully during Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series Perfect Game.

Players throughout the week voiced their thoughts and memories on Vin Scully. He has watched and called games for some of the greatest players in professional baseball. From Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle all the way to today”s stars like Seager, Harper, and Trout

“Him being able to call my first game? I’ll never forget that.” -Bryce Harper

Last week and weekend, the Dodgers organization honored Scully in a multitude of ways. Several of the promotions from the past week revolved around Vin Scully. Tuesday, they gave out a Scully bobble head. Friday, they gave out a commemorative coin and Sunday they handed out a commemorative edition of Dodgers Insider which included a letter from Scully.

Vin Scully in his final send off was given a tip of the cap by a every Los Angeles Dodger before they took their first at-bat on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodger’s organization, Dodgers Stadium, and of the MLB will never be the same.

Thank you, Vin Scully.