Baseball fans will soon have to say goodbye to one of the most recognizable figures in sports with Vin Scully recently discussing his retirement.
In a radio interview on 89.3 KPCC in California, the Los Angeles Dodgers announcer stated that he might only have one more season in him, according to SportsCenter:
Vin Scully says the 2014 Dodgers season is likely his last. "I'm looking to next year and thinking that should be about it." (via @KPCC)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 2, 2013
Scully, 85, started doing play-by-play for the Dodgers in 1950 when the organization was still in Brooklyn. He moved to Los Angeles with the club in 1958 and has been a part of broadcasts since, often by himself in the booth.
Later in the day, he backed off his statement to a certain degree via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times:
“I look at each year as possibly my last,” Scully said. “Next year will be no different. It all boils down to come July or August, how I feel physically. I’ll look at how many mistakes I’ve made and if they’re coming for me yet, and how I feel.”
The legendary broadcaster has already agreed to return for a record 65th season next spring, but in a recent interview with KPCC he sounded like next year could be his last.
“I wasn’t making a declaration,” Scully said. “I guess it was misconstrued. Each year is my last, until the next one. I never say yes or no.”
In that time, he has announced some of the biggest and most iconic moments in baseball history. This includes a long list from Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series to Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run.
Scully has been a huge part of the growth of the Dodgers organization and was named the Most Memorable Personality in club history in 1976. However, the honors don't stop at the team level.
The legendary announcer was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and since has been recognized as one of the best ever to work a game.
When the American Sportscasters Association named their 50 best announcers of all time, Scully was listed at No. 1 on the list.
His voice is so recognizable that he has been asked to appear in films as an announcer, including Kevin Costner's For the Love of the Game.
If he truly does call it quits after one more season, baseball will be losing a true treasure.
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