When he started calling games for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a freckle-faced 22-year-old back in 1950, Vin Scully couldn't possibly have imagined becoming arguably the greatest broadcaster the sport has ever known.
It's also unlikely he ever envisioned holding the same job 65 years later. But that's exactly what Scully will be doing for the Dodgers in 2014.
The team officially announced on Friday that Scully will return for a record 65th season in 2014:
OFFICIAL: Vin Scully will return for his 65th season! pic.twitter.com/h7iPzktZvc— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 23, 2013
The 85-year-old Scully, who called the only perfect game in postseason history back in 1956 alongside fellow legendary play-by-play man Mel Allen, only calls home games and travels no farther east than Arizona for away games.
Legendary former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda likewise turned to his Twitter account to celebrate the news:
Im thrilled that Vin is coming back for a 65th season calling games for our ball club. He's the greatest. pic.twitter.com/iCiU2a6yS3— Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) August 23, 2013
Dodgers fans have already weighed in on how they feel about the iconic broadcaster returning for yet another season:
Knowing Vin Scully will still be around to call Dodger baseball makes me a very happy man. Goodnight everyone— Heisenberg (@ChicagoMadeSean) August 23, 2013
When Vin Scully started broadcasting for the Dodgers the U.S. President was Harry Truman and a gallon of gas cost 18 cents.— Daniel Buerge (@danielbuergeLA) August 23, 2013
Vin Scully returning for 2014 season!!! Legends will never end— Frankie Montellano (@francameltoe) August 23, 2013
honestly hope I can look back one day and say I've done something--anything--for 65 years. Vin Scully back for Year 65 in 2014? Outstanding— David Larkins (@LarkinsWSun) August 23, 2013
Scully was a recipient of the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and is the longest-tenured broadcaster of any team in the history of professional sports.
He has broadcast numerous World Series along with three perfect games—Larsen in 1956, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Tom Browning in 1988.
Scully never developed a catchphrase, nor has he ever had a unique way to call home runs. But he has been a part of so many memorable moments in baseball with calls that will forever be cherished, like Game 1 of the 1988 World Series:
Dodgers fans are no doubt welcoming the fact that Vin Scully will once again be saying, "It's Time for Dodger baseball!"
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