Just as he did last season, though one month later this time around, Los Angeles Dodgers hall of fame announcer Vin Scully announced his intention to remain behind the microphone for the storied franchise for at least one more year.
The in-game announcement, complete with a video that featured Dodgers parter owner Magic Johnson and ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel was met by rousing applause and a standing ovation from those in attendance for the series opener against the Chicago Cubs.
“I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do it again in 2016,” Scully said in a statement released by the team. “There’s no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends.”
Scully’s decision to return for the 2016 season means an unprecedented 67th season as voice of the Dodgers. As recently as 11 days ago it was reported the man who is synonymous with the Dodgers was undecided if he would continue calling games beyond the 2015 season.
Scully’s first game was between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park with Don Newcombe taking the mound for Brooklyn. Scully has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, awarded Sportscaster of the Year three different times and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2014, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig presented Scully with the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award. Scully called the Dodgers lone World Series win during their days in Brooklyn and he’s been behind the microphone for five more titles in Los Angeles.
Although Scully routinely pokes fun at himself for holding the same position for so many years “without advancement,” as he puts it, he’s a walking legend whose iconic status is exceeded only by his humbling personality.