Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth for a 64th season of calling Los Angeles Dodgers games, saying he’s revitalized by the new ownership group that two days ago completed a trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston.
“I’m so convinced of their great purpose and leadership that I eagerly look forward to joining them in pursuit of the next Dodgers championship.” Scully, 84, said in a statement.
Scully’s 63 years of service represent the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history, the Dodgers said.
Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is a member of the group that completed its purchase of the Dodgers in May. The group is led by Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners LLC, which financed much of the record $2.15 billion purchase from Frank McCourt, who put the Major League Baseball team into bankruptcy in June 2011.
“It was a treat to be able to listen to Chick Hearn through my years with the Lakers,” Johnson said. “And it’s been great to be able to listen to Vin work his magic in the broadcast booth since I came to Los Angeles in 1979. Generations of Angelenos have been blessed to have these Hall of Famers in their midst.”
Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was presented with the Ford C. Frick award for “major contributions to baseball” by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
He has called three perfect games -- including that of New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series -- 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. Among the highlights Scully described for fans were Kirk Gibson’s winning Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Barry Bonds’s record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs and the scoreless-inning streaks of Dodger pitchers Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.
Scully’s decision to return came a day after the Dodgers completed a trade to acquire Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford -- Boston’s three highest-paid players -- in a nine-player swap. They join a Dodgers team that’s in second place in the National League Western Division.
Scully said baseball still brings out childlike excitement in him and that he’s especially anticipating one interleague series in 2013.
“I really would like to see Yankee Stadium and the Dodgers and Yankees,” Scully said. “That really gets my imagination stirring. First of all, I’ve never seen the new Yankee Stadium. But to just go back and play the Yankees.”