I said it last year at this time and I’ll gladly say it again…those sounds you hear echoing through Chavez Ravine are the dulcet tones of one Vin Scully announcing he’ll be returning next season for his 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast booth.
The team made the announcement Tuesday night during their game against the Atlanta Braves and did it in three different languages. First up was Hyun-Jin Ryu in Korean, then Yasiel Puig in Spanish and, lastly, Justin Turner in English.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” the 86-year-old said. “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.”
Scully has been in the broadcast since 1950. And to give you an idea how long ago that was…the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson was coming off his National League MVP-winning season and Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax was just 14 years old.
“Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye,” Scully added, “but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”
And in that time, the Hall of Famer has seen his fair share of history from the broadcast booth.
Among the more memorable…Don Larsen’s perfect game during the 1956 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Bill Buckner’s muffed grounder during the 1986 World Series and, of course, Kirk Gibson’s game winner during the 1988 World Series.