Legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully died Tuesday at age 94 in his home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. No cause of death has been revealed.
Scully was a true staple of the team and a beloved figure in American culture. News of his death traveled quickly Tuesday night, prompting droves of baseball fans to attend Dodger Stadium to pay their respects, drop off memorable items and light candles in memory of Scully, according to TMZ.
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Generations of fans grew up listening to Scully’s familiar voice through their radios and televisions. Scully was the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in all of pro-sports history, according to ESPN. His career began in the 1950s, in the era of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and lasted well into the fall season of 2016 when he announced his last game, according to ESPN.
“We have lost an icon,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement released to Twitter. “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 went on to describe what Scully’s personality was like. “He loved people. He loved life. He loved baseball and the Dodgers. And he loved his family,” Kasten said. “His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.” (RELATED: Actress Who Voiced ‘Ursula’ In ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dies At 95)
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Scully’s fans included the likes of sports legend LeBron James, who took to social media to show his appreciation for Scully’s contributions to the world of sports. “Rest in Power. A City of Angels icon. Another great one who made sports so damn special,” James tweeted.
SportsNet started its tweet about Scully with seven powerful words that summed up the massive impact Scully had during his astounding 67 years as a broadcaster: “He was the best there ever was.”
“He was the best there ever was. Just when you think about the Dodgers, there’s a lot of history here and a lot of people who have come through, it’s just a storied franchise all the way around. But it almost starts with Vin, honestly.” @ClaytonKersh22 on Vin Scully’s legacy. pic.twitter.com/tbZxACr3lO
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