Vin Scully, the legendary announcer of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games from 1950 to 2016, died this Tuesday at the age of 94 in Los Angeles, reported the Los Angeles franchise in a note.
“We lost an icon,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said on the Los Angeles team’s Twitter page, changing his profile picture to a microphone and the name “Vin.”
“Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in sports history. He was a giant, not just as a storyteller, but on a human level. He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time. Vin will be sorely missed.”
Scully called games for the Dodgers for 67 consecutive seasons, in which the team won 13 National League pennants, six World Series championships and one team change of venue.
The former TV and radio announcer started in 1950 when the team was in Brooklyn and retired at the end of the 2016 season in Los Angeles.
Scully received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Among the thousands of farewell messages, there was also that of LeBron James, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, who lamented the death of “another great who made the sport so special.”
The Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers or the San Francisco 49ers are among the franchises that joined the messages to remember Scully, who was also in charge of narrating American football in his long career.