Vin Scully: Dodgers icon and legendary MLB broadcaster passes away
Hidden Hills, California - Vin Scully, the longtime voice of the Dodgers and legendary MLB broadcaster, died peacefully at the age of 94, the LA franchise announced on late Tuesday.
The baseball world said farewell to one of its greats, after a statement released by the Dodgers confirmed that Scully had passed away at his home in Hidden Hills, California.
No cause of death was revealed.
"We have lost an icon," Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. "The Dodgers' Vin Scully was one of the greatest voices in all of sports. He was a giant of a man, not only as a broadcaster, but as a humanitarian."
"He loved people. He loved life. He was loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family. His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever," Kasten continued.
Scully began broadcasting in 1950, when the Dodgers were based in Brooklyn. He continued to cover the team following their move to LA in 1957, announcing the biggest moments in the franchise's history until his final game in San Francisco on October 2, 2016.
Scully's many honors include an induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by former President Barack Obama.
Fans pay tribute to Scully
Following the announcement of Scully's death, baseball fans headed in their droves to Dodger Stadium to pay homage, building a makeshift memorial and mourning his passing.
Big names from other sports also to social media to honor the longtime voice of the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James called him "A City of Angels icon" and "[another] great one who made sports so damn special."
NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson also shared an emotional message: "Vin was the nicest & sweetest man outside of the booth & was beloved by all of our Dodgers family."
"He was just as popular as any Dodger player. His legacy will live on throughout Major League Baseball & he will be remembered as the greatest announcer ever in MLB history. Cookie and I are praying for the entire Scully family and Dodgers fans all around the world."
Following the Dodgers win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw called Scully "the best there ever was."
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