Scully Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Radio Television News Association presented Vin Scully with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Annual golden Mike Awards ceremony at Universal City. In addition they honored Southern California's top TV and Radio stations journalism stories and newscasts

Scully, the "Voice of LA Dodgers" for the past 57 years was honored along with Edwin Arnold who has been in broadcasting for 53 years.

Vincent Edward Scully was born in the Bronx, New York, On November 29, 1927. Growing up in the depression, "Vin" worked odd jobs to help support the family. All the while he dreamed of becoming a sportscaster, even though he'd never been to a major sporting event.?

?Scully took his first steps toward that dream at Fordham University, where he helped put its FM station on the air. Just before he graduate he sent out more than 150 letters to radio stations looking for a job. the only response came from CBS radio affiliate WTOP, in Washington, DC. Scully was hired as a fill-in announcer.?

?The sports director of the CBS Radio network, Red Barber, heard Scully, and recruited him to announce some college football games. Barger mentored Scully, giving him tips that would become Sully hallmarks, like keeping your opinion to yourself, and not rooting for the team that employs you. In 1950, Scully joined Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn dodgers' radio and Television team.?

?In 1953, the 25-year-old became the youngest announcer ever to call a World Series. After some personnel changes Scully became entrenched as the sole "Voice of the Dodgers." In 1957 Scully moved to Los Angeles with the rest of the Dodgers.?

?Over the years Dodger fans have lived every hit, run and error with Scully. His knowledge of the game, players and baseball history is peppered through every broadcast. He seamlessly weaves stories about players and the game into an inning's worth of play-by-play. The third out is not so much the end of an inning, but the end of a chapter in a book you can't put down.?

?When CBS Radio had the World Series from 1979-1982, and 1990 to 1997, Scully was the lead announcer. He did network golf coverage on TV for CBS, NBC, and ABC during the 1970's and '80's. Scully also called pro football (remember Vin Scully and John Madden?). Plus, he was NBC's lead baseball announcer for nearly a decade, doing the "Game of the Week" as well as the playoffs and World Series.?

?Among the most notable moments are calling Sandy Koufax's perfect game in 1965, and Kirk Gibson's 9th-inning home run that gave the dodgers a come-from-behind win in the first game of the 1988 World Series. Both video highlights were played at the awards ceremony.?

?This season will mark Scully's 49th in Los Angeles. If you bleed "dodger Blue," then you have the "Voice of the Dodgers" to thank for getting your heart pumping.

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