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Vin Scully: Los Angeles Dodgers pay tribute to legendary broadcaster

Scully, who was the voice of the Dodgers for more than six decades, died Tuesday at his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County, at age 94.

The Dodgers held a pregame ceremony to commemorate the Hall of Famer ahead of their game against the San Diego Padres, with players and staff standing on the field as they watched a special video.

“Vin was a man of character, integrity, class – a true gentleman,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said at the ceremony. “He wasn’t just a Dodger. He loved the game of baseball that we all love and care about.”

Roberts added, “Vin, we’ll miss you. We love you. We’ll be thinking of you every day, every game we come here, every fan that shows up at Dodger Stadium.

“There’s a reason you’ll always be remembered. You’ll always be tied to these five words: it’s time for Dodger baseball.”

During his last show at the stadium in 2016, Scully hung a banner reading “I will miss you” from his stand. On Friday, a new banner hung from the press box named in his honor read “Vin, we will miss you”.

Players continued to wear black patches on their shirts which featured a microphone and the word “Wine”. The team will wear it for the rest of the season.

The Dodgers also said Scully’s World Series rings, among his most prized possessions, will be displayed inside the stadium beginning Aug. 19.

Despite the emotionally charged ceremony, the Dodgers routed the Padres 8-1.

A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York, when he was recruited by Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber to be the third man in the league. broadcast team.

At 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, and when Barber left to join the New York Yankees two years later, Scully became the voice of the Dodgers.

Among his many honors, Scully received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition to covering the Dodgers, he has also been heard on national television as an announcer for golf and football as well as baseball.

CNN’s Seán Federico-O’Murchú contributed reporting.


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