Hall of Fame broadcaster and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been together for 66 years and 2016 will mark the end of this amazing broadcasting longevity.
The Dodgers have 10 retired numbers but even with names such as Tommy Lasorda, Sandy Koufax, and Jackie Robinson, none of them mean more to the Dodgers than the name of Vin Scully.
Scully has called all Dodger World Series titles, including the two they won in Brooklyn. He has called 13 NL pennants, and all 15 NL West pennants.
The famous “Hello, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be..” and “It’s time for Dodger baseball…” lines can’t repeated by anyone else and it’s just a small reason why baseball fans tune in to hear him broadcast a game. His countless stories of meeting MLB greats also won’t be shared by anyone.
One of Vin Scully’s most magical broadcasting moment was Game One of the 1988 World Series where Kirk Gibson surprisingly hit a homerun to give the Dodgers the 1-0 World Series advantage over the Oakland Athletics and it propelled the Dodgers to win the series and the franchise’s sixth and last World Series title.
On September 26, 2016, Vin Scully’s last broadcasting gig at Dodger Stadium, the late inning magic was fitting.
With the Dodgers down a run in the 7th inning, rookie short stop Corey Seager unleashes a triple to score Justin Turner and tie the game. Rockies’ David Dahl gave the Rockies the lead again in the 9th with a home run to right field. Corey Seager come sup again in the bottom of the 9th and unleashes his 26th home run of the year to tie the game. As the game enters extra-inning toward the bottom of the 9th, former Rockie (who was releases by the team during the offseason) Charlie Culberson hit his FIRST home run of the season to help the Dodgers win with a walk-off NL West division victory!
Now that’s the Dodgers are officially headed to the playoffs, can the Dodgers provide the final goal to send Vin Scully off a champion?