Los Angeles sports fans have been spoiled for the last several years with the voices they’ve had the privilege of listening to while watching games. Whether it be a Lakers game and Chick Hearn, a Kings game and Bob Miller, or a Dodgers game and Vin Scully.
Scully has been the Dodgers broadcaster for 66 seasons, dating all the way back to 1950 when he was broadcasting games for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is now 87 years old, and according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Scully is still undecided on whether he wants to return to the booth next year for a 67th year:
Scully is 87. This is the time of year when the Hall of Fame broadcaster traditionally announces whether he will return for the following season, and his cold prompted a flurry of inquiries from concerned readers, wondering what Scully has decided about next season.
He told us he has not made a decision about returning for what would be his 67th season with the Dodgers. He said he does not want to commit too soon.
He added that the three factors that go into making this decision are his health, his effectiveness as a broadcaster and his family and the Dodgers organization’s opinions on the matter.
While he is 87, he says he is currently healthy despite having a cold recently that restricted him to only doing the television broadcast for a couple of games (he is usually broadcast on the radio as well for the first three innings of every game).
As Dodgers fans know, listening to Scully call a Dodger game is an absolute privilege, and hopefully he will be back for at least one more year so fans can continue to have that privilege and young fans, who maybe haven’t heard him call a game, can see what it’s like to listen to one of the best broadcasters in the history of sports.