Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was named the second ever recipient of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Baseball Digest. The publication presented their inaugural honor to Willie Mays last year.
The Baseball Digest Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a living individual whose career has been spent in or around Major League Baseball and who has made significant contributions to the national game.
Both Mays and Scully were selected by a distinguished panel of 16 longtime MLB participants and observers via independently submitted votes.
“Vin Scully was not only the voice of the Dodgers, but was also the soundtrack of our national game for an incredible seven decades,” Baseball Digest publisher David Fagley said in a statement.
“We are honored to recognize his iconic career both as a broadcaster and as a wonderful ambassador for the sport he loves so much.”
Scully was selected from a list of candidates that included Dr. James Andrews, Paul Beeston, Steve Blass, Marty Brennaman, Bobby Cox, Cito Gaston, Pat Gillick, Bill James, Jaime Jarrín, Sandy Koufax, Jerry Reinsdorf, Rachel Robinson, Bud Selig, Janet Marie Smith, Joe Torre and Bill White.
“I think, first of all, any award that’s already been won by Willie Mays, who certainly was one of my favorite players and one for whom I had great respect, is an honor,” Scully said of receiving Baseball Digest’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It’s an honor to even have my name linked with his in some way. I was honored, delighted and surprised that I turned out to be the second winner of Baseball Digest’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m proud of it and humble at the same time.”
Among other awards Scully received both during his career as a Dodgers broadcaster and since retirement, he was the winner of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award in 1982, recipient of the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014 and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016,
Scully retired at the end of the 2016 season, wrapping up a 67-year career in the booth.
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