Vin Scully, Dodgers’ voice for 67 years, dies at 94

He was also a celebrity beyond the baseball world, named grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day 2015.

He narrated a succession of great events in the history of baseball, and he knew how to keep quiet.

Mr. Scully was at the microphone in 1955 when the Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship, and in 1956 when the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in the World Series.

When Sandy Koufax retired the 27-hitting Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965, Scully put his stamp on the moment:

“On the right field scoreboard, it is 9:46 in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, California. And a crowd of 29,139 just sat by to watch the only pitcher in baseball history to pitch four games with no hits and no runs. He’s done it four years in a row and now he’s capping it off: in his fourth no-hitter, he had a perfect game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it with enthusiasm. He struck out the last six straight batters. So when he capitalized his name in the record books, that K stands out even more than the OUFAX.”

When the Braves’ Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta against the Dodgers, Mr. Scully said simply, “To the fence. He went.”

He then walked to the back of the broadcast booth, took off his headphones, took a sip of coffee, and waited as the roar of the crowd rang out.

Finally, he returned to the microphone: “What a wonderful moment for baseball. What a wonderful time for Atlanta and the State of Georgia. What a wonderful moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the deep south for breaking the record for an all-time baseball idol.”

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