Vin Scully is coming back for at least another year to the Dodgers broadcast booth, as the team today announced that their icon will return for his 66th season with the team in 2015.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully. “God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
Scully's 65 years of service is the longest in his field and he will continue calling home games on SportsNet LA, with the first three innings also being simulcast on the radio.
“I’m obviously not alone in saying that I’m overjoyed Vin will be coming back to the booth in 2015,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “Our fans deserve the very best and Vin’s voice, knowledge, experience and passion for broadcasting Dodger baseball are second to none.”
Scully began his career with the Dodgers in 1950 in Brooklyn and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In LA, Scully has called Dodgers championship runs in 1959, ’63, ’65, ’81 and ’88 and he was elected the top sportscaster of the 20th century by the American Sportscasters Association.
He has called three perfect games, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games, including the legendary Game 1 home run by Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics, as well as Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters (and perfect game), the scoreless-inning streaks of Dodger greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser and the first career no-hitter by Clayton Kershaw.