The Voice Behind the Game


(Photo Courtesy of Dodgers Nation)

Brooke Gagnon, Photojournalist

Legendary announcer Vin Scully begins his final season as a Dodgers commentator. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have their home opener against the Diamondbacks, and this marks the beginning of Vin Scully’s final season.


This will be Scully’s 67th and final season as the voice of the Dodgers, and after his retirement, baseball will never sound the same again. Scully is 88 years old and has 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is known as one of the greatest of all time in terms of his commentating and announcing. Scully is known for his witty and unconventional comments that have contributed to several memorable quotes that have been attributed to him.


Scully’s 67 years broadcasting for the Dodgers represents the longest amount of time any sports broadcaster and stayed with one team. He has broadcasted 25 World Series, 3 perfect games, 20 no hitters, and 12 All Star Games. In 1953, at the age of 25, he became the youngest to broadcast a World Series game. Some of his most famous calls include Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all time home run record in 1974, as well as when Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record in 2001 (USA Today).


To commemorate his final season, the Dodgers have renamed the road that leads to the main entrance of the ballpark to Vin Scully Avenue. Scully’s last game will be on October 2nd against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. After this, one of sports’ greatest all time legends will finally recede into silence. His fellow broadcaster Rick Monday, who has been in the booth for 23 years, sums it up, “You can talk all you want about the great Dodgers in history. Jackie Robinsons. Sandy Koufax. Gil Hodges. There is no one greater than Vin Scully.” Avid baseball fan Nikhil Patolia (11) states that, “I am truly going to miss hearing Scully’s voice. No matter what, even after he retires, people will always think of Scully when they think of Dodgers baseball.” Scully is an integral part of baseball history, and he will be missed when he signs up for the last time.