Vin Scully said tonight he will continue to announce Los Angeles Dodger games in the 2012 season.
“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, you and I have been friends for a long time, but after a lot of soul searching and a few prayers, we’ve decided that we will come back with the Dodgers for next year,” the 83-year- old Scully said on the Prime Ticket telecast of the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game from Dodger Stadium.
“God’s been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things I love. I asked him one more year at least and he said OK.”
Scully has been announcing the team’s games since 1950, when it was based in Brooklyn. His 62 years of service constitute the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history.
Scully has been named as the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association. A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.
His many honors include enshrinement in the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Either on the team or NBC’s broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series, what Scully has called the greatest individual performance he has seen, Kirk Gibson’s pinch- hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, and Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run in 1974.