Vin Scully gives final call, leaves legacy and hole in hearts of Los Angeles

Photo: Ken Lund via Flickr.com

Photo: Ken Lund via Flickr.com

Sixty-seven seasons.

Twenty-five World Series.

Nineteen no-hitters.

Three perfect games.

Those are just some of the numbers and high points associated with Vin Scully’s illustrious broadcast career, one that came to an end Sunday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants, 7-1, but the bigger story for L.A. was that Scully and his calm, insightful voice are no longer going to be part of Dodger games.

No longer will fans get to hear that warm on-air greeting: “It’s time for Dodger baseball!”

No longer will fans hear the that voice that soothed over radio airwaves and television sets, giving detailed accounts of players’ pasts complete with countless did-you-know moments each and every game.

No longer will there be another Vin Scully.

The 88-year-old announced months ago that he wanted to retire and 2016 would be his final season broadcasting games for the Dodgers, but it’s still hard to believe it’s all over.

After all, 67 years in the booth is a long time.

Scully got his start with the Dodgers back in 1950 — when the team was still in Brooklyn. A young Scully had the opportunity to join Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the booth, broadcasting the likes of Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, and Jackie Robinson.

After Barber left, Scully became the lead play-by-play man for the Dodgers and ended up calling the team’s World Series run in 1953. At age 25, Scully became the youngest to call a World Series game, a record that stands to this day.

More than 9,000 broadcasts later, Scully is an icon in Los Angeles — he is a member of the Dodgers Hall of Fame, Dodger Stadium’s press box is named after him, and the stadium is located at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dodgers fans were lucky to call Scully their own, but what made him unique in the broadcast industry is that fans of other teams enjoyed listening to him just as much.

He transcended into households outside of Los Angeles, in ways most broadcasters have never been able to.

I was born and raised in Southern California and am an L.A. Angels fan through and through — but anytime the Angels played the Dodgers, I switched broadcasts so I could listen to Scully give the call.

He never failed to tell a good story and always made me laugh and listen as if a wise man was telling me the secrets of life.

Scully was personable, someone it seemed you could talk to about anything at anytime.

A reliable play-caller who made even the most boring games suddenly entertaining, Scully has done more for the game of baseball than some players have.

Even his farewell to fans was touching and done with elegance:

And during his final broadcast, Scully gave us some of the best advice to reflect on following his career:

We’ll do that, Vin.

Humble through and through, Scully reminded fans till the very end “I needed you more than you needed me.”

It’s been an incredible ride and incredibly fun, but trust baseball fans when we say we needed you just as bad.

Dodgers baseball, and baseball in general, won’t soon be the same.

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