Legendary American broadcaster and voice of baseball Vin Scully dies aged 94

Legendary American radio and television host Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for 67 years, has died aged 94.

“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement.

“The Vin Scully Dodgers were one of the greatest voices in all of sports,” Kasten added. “His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.”

While baseball never managed to establish a firm foothold in Europe, largely due to the popularity of so many established sports, Scully was a national treasure in the United States, a man whose soft tones were a constant presence and insightful for sports fans.

Other big names to pay tribute include tennis legend Billy Jean King, who described Scully as “a true sports storyteller” and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who described Scully as “another great who made the sport so special”.

Broadcast veteran honored in White House and on TV

Born Vincent Edward Scully on November 29, 1927 in the Bronx, New York, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, at the age of 25.

By the time he aired his final home game for the Dodgers on September 25, 2016, he had the honor of being the longest-serving single-team broadcaster in professional sports history.

Among his many honors, Scully received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, in 2016, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the President of the United States.

Another notable honor was through television. Indeed, for savvy series fans and moviegoers who had a baseball blind spot, Scully was indirectly immortalized on the hit show The X Files. Creator Chris Carter named Agent Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) after Vin Scully.

Vin Scully is survived by his five children, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.