Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was selected by Sports Illustrated as the Media Person of the Year. Scully was nominated for the publication’s Sportsperson of the Year, which went to Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
Scully shut the curtain on his Hall-of-Fame career in September, with the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants providing a fitting backdrop at AT&T Park. Scully, a Bronx native, grew up a self-described “rabid” fan of the New York Giants.
The franchise put their rivalry with the Dodgers aside during the final weekend of the 2016 regular season, honoring Scully throughout the three-game series. That included the installment of plaque inside the visitor’s broadcast booth.
Last month Scully was among a distinguished group of recipients bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. It’s the highest honor a United States civilian can receive.
Throughout the season the Dodgers and opposing clubs and players paid their respect to Scully, who humbly graced the entire sport with his presence for 67 years.
Other career achievements for the iconic voice of the Dodgers include being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in November 2015. Scully was awarded the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting in 1995.
The Dodgers 2017 promotional schedule includes a pregame ceremony in Scully’s honor on Wednesday, May 3. Details have not yet been provided, but it’s presumed the retired broadcaster will be added to the “Ring of Honor” at Dodger Stadium that currently features retired jersey numbers.
The first 40,000 fans in attendance that evening will receive a not-yet revealed Vin Scully commemorative item.