When your name becomes synonymous with one of the greatest sports franchises in the world, your legacy ends up transcending the sport.
For Vin Scully, who for more than six decades embodied what it meant to be a Dodger, he became more than just a voice in a cabin. It has become a symbol for the city of Los Angeles and all who live there.
Like the palm trees, the traffic on the 405 and the Hollywood sign, Vin Scully was Los Angeles.
And as the sun sets on a groundbreaking life, members of the sports world, the Los Angeles community, and those who knew him intimately and through passing, share their stories of the man who made Dodger baseball a family affair, even if you’re not a fan of the team.
Mayor Eric Garcetti called Scully “the voice of LA” write on twitter, “Vin Scully’s passing marks the end of a chapter in our city’s history. He united us, inspired us, and showed us all what it means to serve.
Garcetti also announced that City Hall would be lit up on Wednesday in honor of the sports icon.
Another sports personality who cast a figurative shadow almost as large as Scully himself, Magic Johnson wrote, “Dodger Nation, today we lost a Los Angeles and Major League Baseball legend.”
“He had a voice and a way of telling stories that made you think he was talking only to you. His Hall of Fame career is to be admired. Vin was the nicest, nicest man outside the pit and was loved by our entire Dodgers family,” Johnson added.
james lebron, the man who currently holds the title of LA’s biggest sports star, wrote, “Rest in Power. An icon of the City of Angels. Another great who made the sport so special.
Billie Jean King, a contemporary as a pioneering sports figure who transcended the niche boundaries of her sport, highlighted Scully’s illustrious career with candor and said, “Rest easy, Vin Scully. We will miss you.” King is a minority owner of the Dodgers franchise and shared a photo of the two longtime friends and colleagues.
The Governor of California, while a San Francisco Giants fan himself, could not deny the impact Scully’s life had on Los Angeles and the state as a whole.
“For literally millions of baseball fans, Vin’s voice was Dodger baseball. He defined his medium. He was the common denominator for so many generations. He was – and is – an absolute legend,” wrote Gavin Newsom.
Senator Alex Padillea Los Angeles native who has a friendly rivalry with Newsom, said Scully “made every Dodgers game memorable with his love of baseball and unparalleled storytelling,” adding he was the greatest of all time.
The other Los Angeles teams also took a moment to honor the legendary sportscaster. The Los Angeles Lakers called him “an icon of our city.” The LA Kings said Scully’s voice will “live forever in our hearts”.
Finally, Major League Baseball, the sports league that made Scully famous and gave him the platform to reach everyone lucky enough to hear him on roll call any night, wrote:
“Vincent Edward Scully used his special talent and timeless touch to not only relay the game’s greatest moments, but to evoke countless chills. Millions of sports fans who have never met the man considered him as a friend and faithful companion.
Vin Scully was 94 years old. To learn more about his life, click here.
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