“We’ve lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement.
“The Dodgers’ Finn Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant man, not just as an announcer, but as a humanitarian,” Kasten said.
“He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and etched in our minds forever.”
At the age of 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Championship game in 1953, and when Barber left two years later to join the New York Yankees, Scully was the voice of the Dodgers.
From the streaming platform, Scully became the storyteller of baseball’s greatest franchise. It was there when the “Boys of Summer” won their first world championship in 1955 and called up the last innings of Don Larsen’s perfect game at the 1956 World Championships. The team noted that she was one of more than 20 hitters in his career.
When the franchise abruptly left Brooklyn for Los Angeles in 1958, Scully also left his hometown to extend his 67-year career with the Dodgers, the longest stint for any broadcaster with a single team, the team said.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he has also been heard on national television as an anchor for golf and soccer as well as baseball.
Friends and fans respect
Speaking after the team’s victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the announcer inspired him to be better.
“There is no better narrator. I think everyone considers him family. He’s been in our living rooms for generations. Shuffle fans consider him part of their family. He lived a wonderful life, a legacy that will live on forever.”
Scully broadcast his last home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016.
In a 2020 interview with CNN, Scully described my feeling: “As I was leaving Dodger Stadium, my last day at the stadium, a large banner hung from the booth window door and said, ‘I’m going to miss you.'” That’s how I felt about the fans.”
CNN’s Gillian Martin contributed to this report.
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