The voice of baseball, Vin Scully, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94. Here are some of his best moments and calls in baseball.
The voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the voice of baseball, Vin Scully, passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday afternoon.
He was the voice of the Dodgers from 1950 through 2016 but he was even more than that. For millions, he was the voice of baseball and even the voice of sports.
He was the voice of NBC’s Game of the Week from 1983 through 1989. He did games on CBS Radio and he even did other sports. He did NFL games and golf matches on CBS from 1975 through 1982. Among other moments, he called “The Catch” on CBS in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that clinched a Super Bowl berth for the San Francisco 49ers.
But he always returned to baseball and was there for huge moments. Scully called 24 World Series, including 11 on TV. He called 18 no-hitters, three perfect games (including the only perfect game in the World Series to date), Hank Aaron’s record-breaking home run, and many more iconic moments.
There will never be another Vin Scully in baseball or sports broadcasting, for that matter. His longevity and his storytelling skills (and his perfect timing with them) will go unmatched.
Below we have some of his best calls and best moments in baseball. For some of them, the full game is on YouTube. We have the crescendo of those games queued but you can watch the entire game where it’s noted.
There are also dozens of his old regular season games available on YouTube across multiple channels. There, you can see how Scully was a master at his craft, even though it might be a normal regular season game in August in the late 1950s. Some of them even have the original commercials and advertisers in them.
So let’s take a walk down memory lane with some of his best moments and calls.
Dodgers: Vin Scully’s best broadcasting calls and moments
Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series Game 1 walk-off home run (10-15-1988) (Full Game)
Bill Buckner error to end Game 6 of the 1986 World Series (10-25-1986) (Full Game)
Sandy Koufax perfect game (9-9-1965) (Last inning)
Don Larsen Perfect Game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series (10-8-1956)
Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run (4-8-1974)
Jerry Reuss no-hitter (6-27-1980) (Full Game)
Kirby Puckett walk-off Home Run (1991 World Series, Game 6)
Dodgers hit four consecutive home runs to tie game in ninth inning; Nomar Garciaparra walkoff homer in the 10th inning (9-18-2006)
Clayton Kershaw no-hitter (6-18-2014) (Full Game)
Steve Finley walk-off grand slam to clinch the NL West (10-2-2004)
Fernando Valenzuela No-Hitter (6-29-1990) (Last Inning)
Vin Scully narrates Dodgers-Padres brawl (4-11-2013)
Scully translates what Rockies manager Jim Tracy is saying in an argument with umpires (but taking liberties by changing Tracy’s profanities to words suitable for his audience) (8-6-12)
Vin Scully talks about Twitter and is stunned when he gets Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis trending on Twitter (8-4-12)
Scully tells story about ice skating with Jackie Robinson in the Catskills (5-7-2012)
Scully’s intro in first game after 9-11 (9-17-2001)
Charlie Culberson walk-off home run to clinch NL West in Scully’s last game at Dodger Stadium (9-25-2016)
Highlights of Vin Scully’s last broadcast (10-2-2016)