Back in 1950, when Forest Lawn consisted of only two Memorial-Parks, Glendale and Hollywood Hills, a young 22-year old rookie broadcaster took his seat behind a microphone in Vero Beach, Florida for a then-Brooklyn Dodgers spring training game. With the legendary Red Barber seated next to him, Vincent Edward “Vin” Scully began what would become the most illustrious and longest running tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history.
After 66 years in the broadcast booth, this Hall of Fame broadcaster announced that 2016—his amazing 67th year—would be his last with the Dodgers.
Generations of Dodger fans have grown up listening to his pleasant voice, lyrically descriptive style, and his iconic introduction to Dodger games: “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (day/evening) to you, wherever you may be.”
Last season, Scully was calling all nine innings of home games and road games in California and Arizona for the Dodgers’ television home on SportsNet LA, while the first three innings of his games were simulcast on the radio.
We at Forest Lawn, a proud sponsor of Dodgers baseball, tip our caps to the legendary Vin Scully in his final year at the microphone. His legacy of class, dignity, baseball expertise and professionalism has helped make him—and the Dodgers— true Southern California institutions.
With spring now upon us, and summer on its way, it is indeed, as Vin would say, “time for Dodger baseball. And for our friends in Orange County and beyond, it’s time for Angels and Padres baseball, too.