Los Angeles Dodgers legendary broadcaster, Vin Scully, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. This medal is the highest award for a civilian.

Scully joins NBA greats former Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, the “guy from Space Jam.” These three along with 18 other recipients were joined together in Washington, D.C. as President Barack Obama acknowledged their contributions and achievements to the United States.

The White House (Office of the Press Secretary):

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

Dodgers News: Vin Scully Announced As Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom

Here is the description Vin Scully’s achievements from the White House:

“Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.” In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.”

Vin has touched everyone’s heart whether he knows it or not. Especially with this video with the White House Press Secretary, John Earnest.

President Obama’s speech on Vin Scully:

“The game of baseball has a handful of signature sounds. You hear the crack of the bat. You’ve got the crowd singing the seventh-inning stretch. And you’ve got the voice of Vin Scully.

Most fans listen to a game’s broadcast when they can’t be at the ballpark. Generations of Dodger fans brought their radios to the stands, because you didn’t want to miss one of Vin’s stories. Most play-by-play announcers partner with an analyst in the booth to chat about the action. Vin worked alone and talked just to us.

Since Jackie Robinson started at second base, Vin taught us the game and introduced us to its players. He narrated the improbably years, the impossible heroics, turned contests into conservations.

When he heard about this honor, Vin asked with characteristic humility, “Are you sure? I’m just an old baseball announcer.” And we had to inform him that to Americans of old ages, ‘You are an old friend.’

In fact, I thought about him doing all these citations, which would have been cool, but I thought we shouldn’t make him sing for his supper like that.”

During his two terms, President Obama has awarded the most recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom at 114, according to Kyle Kopko.

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Scully had one of the best seats in the house as he sat in-between Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen.

Congratulations to the one and only Vin Scully and the other 2016 recipients on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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