Vin Scully, the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a baseball team, die on Tuesday at the age of 94.
“He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and
chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk
Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers —
and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the baseball organisation said in a statement.
Born Vincent Edward Scully on November 29, 1927, the legendary announcer began his career at the age of 22 in 1950. He was trained by Red Barber, a casting legend of baseball from that era. Scully had impressed his mentor after casting a college football game between the University of Maryland and Boston University from an outdoor press box in the frigid cold of the city.
While a remarkable commentator throughout a career spanning over nearly 70 years of baseball, his life was marked by tragedy. In 1972, after spending two decades as a caster, his 35-year-old wife, Joan Crawford died after an accidental medical overdose. They had been married for fifteen years.
In 1973, he married his second wife, Sandra Hunt, who brought along two of her own children to the marriage. While the two had a child together, his eldest son, Michael died in a helicopter crash in 1994, leaving the disciplined Dodgers commentator devastated.
However, as a devout Roman Catholic, Scully spent time with his religion, which he later credited for helping him jump back into the sport he loved so much. He wasn’t one to talk about his personal life and would actively discourage conversations about it.
After retiring in 2016, Scully spent much of his time with his family in Thousand Oaks, California. He is survived by his four children, two stepchildren and sixteen grandchildren. After 48 years of marriage, his second wife Hunt died in 2021 from sclerosis.