It was a very sad day for baseball fans as the voice of baseball for the last 60+ years is calling it a career. Vin Scully, who has been broadcasting professional sports for the last 67 years, has finally hung up the microphone. 1950 was when he first started broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, yes the Brooklyn Dodgers it was that long ago. It's really one of the most fascinating things in all of sports, Scully has seen more baseball than probably anyone on this planet, and now he'll never step into his booth again to call a Dodgers game. I've only heard Scully call a handful of games over my lifetime because the Yankees don't play the Dodgers often and I was never staying up to watch those late west coast game. The few times I had the blessing of getting to listen to Scully call a game it was purely magic, his voice is so velvety, and the way his sentences flow are so smooth it's almost like it's prerecorded, but it's not he's just that great at what he does. His story telling ability was everyone's favorite part, he always had some story about some player that made the experience of the game that much more enjoyable. He didn't just call Dodgers baseball games though, he also called football games for CBS for 7 years including making the call for 'The Catch' from the 1982 NFC Championship game. He also worked for NBC so he called a lot of big baseball playoff moments as well. Scully is 88 years old and has finally decided he's had enough, he's the highest functioning 88 year old I've ever seen, no one in baseball could call a game better than him and he is older than most people live to be, that's truly an anomaly. He decided to call it quits so he could spend more time with his 16 grandchildren, what a sweet old man Vin Scully is, he's got a very lucky family. Most legends when they retire you can look at their resume and say it's the best ever, but someone will eventually surpass them. No one will ever be able to surpass Vin Scully. If someone can broadcast sports at the highest level for the next 67 years than just maybe we can make a comparison, but that's just the longevity factor, no one will ever have a voice for baseball like Vin. He just set the mood for watching the game and made the whole experience that much better, which almost no other broadcaster can do. Some broadcasters their good, but you'd probably enjoy the game just as much with someone else doing the play by play, Dodgers fans I'm sure will tell you differently, listening to Vin Scully was half the reason they watched the games. I could sit here and talk about how great this broadcasting legend is but I'd be doing you all a disservice, so I'm just going to leave you with these videos and let you enjoy the voice of baseball, Vin Scully.
This is Vin Scully's signature introduction to ever Dodger baseball game he's ever called, it has become part of the culture at Dodger games over these last 67 years.
Now here's just a sequence of some of the legendary moments that Vin Scully was able to give the perfect call that'll stick with these moments forever.
This next one is a story from Vin Scully, one of his best traits was his story telling ability, and this particular story came very recently in response to the death of Jose Fernandez.
This last one is Vin Scully's final call at Dodger stadium, thank you Vin for all you've done for the game of baseball.