On Nov. 29, 1927, the man who would become synonymous with baseball and the Dodgers organization was brought into this world. And on Wednesday, Vin Scully celebrated yet another milestone in his 90th birthday.
Prior to retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Scully enjoyed an illustrious, Hall-of-Fame career behind the microphone that spanned over six decades. He joined the Dodgers organization in 1950 and initially teamed up with Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the television and radio booths.
Within a few years, Scully single-handedly announced Dodgers games for the remainder of their tenure in Brooklyn and relocated to Los Angeles with the club in 1958, where’d he spend over half of a century broadcasting games at Dodger Stadium.
Over the years, Scully was joined in the booth by Don Drysdale, Jerry Doggett and Ross Porter. Among the many notable calls for Scully include Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Chicago Cubs in 1965, Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run in 1974 and Kirk Gibson’s dramatic walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
Scully’s final broadcast took place at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he fittingly got to call one last Dodgers and Giants game. The moment was particularly special for Scully, as the Giants were his favorite team growing up as a child.
While Scully took in his first year of retirement in 2017, he still appeared around Dodger Stadium at various points of the season.
Scully was most recently on hand at Game 2 of the World Series against the Houston Astros, where he deferred throwing out the first pitch to Fernando Valenzuela. Scully deemed the moment a “remarkable conclusion” to his career.
That was especially evident when he gracefully turned down many requests to join the booth one final time during the Dodgers’ World Series run.