On this day 87 years ago, one of the all-time great broadcasters was born in the Bronx, New York. Vincent “Vin” Scully grew up in Manhattan and would become a Dodgers legend.
Scully studied at Fordham University and became a student broadcaster and journalist. After graduation, he was recruited to CBS for college football coverage before joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. In 1953, he became the youngest man to broadcast a World Series game at the age of 25. He would then go on to be the Dodgers’ announcer and even made the trek out west when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
He remained with the Dodgers and became popular in Southern California. CBS kept Scully around and from 1975-1982 as he did NFL games, tennis and PGA Tour coverage. He famously called the Dwight Clark touchdown catch for the San Francisco 49ers in 1982. Scully also began calling MLB All-Star games and the World Series. Following a dispute, Scully moved to NBC and worked with them as well as maintaining his job with the Dodgers.
Scully continued to work with other networks, but ultimately ended up with just the Dodgers. He became known in baseball for working solo with the Dodgers, even when he had a partner, the two would work every other inning. Scully has been revered for his storytelling, in-depth details and charismatic voice that’s carried over several generations. In his older age, Scully began to reduce his workload and no longer calls games outside of California and Arizona. He usually does a simulcast in the first three innings, before giving way in the radio and remaining with the television audience.
Earlier this year, Scully announced that he would be back in 2015 for his 66th year with the Dodgers. He served as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Dodger fans of all ages have heard Scully and he will continue to delight for at least one more year. Happy birthday, Mr. Scully!