Tuesday night the baseball world lost a legend.. He was 94. The Bronx-born Scully called national football and golf broadcasts, including for CBS Sports from 1975-82, in addition to his baseball duties.
“He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more. He was their conscience, their poet laureate, capturing their beauty and chronicling their glory from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson to Clayton Kershaw. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers – and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles,” the team said in a statement.
Truth be told, Scully’s most famous call did not involve baseball. It came on Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1982 NFC Championship game, in what is simply known as “The Catch.”
Scully called countless games in his 67-year career, including 18 no-hitters and three perfect games. Speaking as someone who grew up on the East Coast, Scully was often the last voice I heard before going to sleep each night, and staying up late to hear his broadcasts is one of my fondest baseball memories. I’m sure there are others who feel the same way.
Here are 10 of Scully’s most memorable baseball calls. This isn’t a ranking, there’s no need to debate these things and we can appreciate them all equally. It’s a trip down memory lane with the greatest to ever do it.
Oct. 8, 1956: Don Larsen’s perfect game
The only perfect game in World Series history was thrown in Game 1 of the 1956 Fall Classic and Scully was at Yankee Stadium to call it. Of course he was. Larsen threw the perfect game against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. Here is Scully’s call on the final out:
Sept. 9, 1965: Sandy Koufax’s perfect game
There have been 23 perfect games in baseball history, including Larsen’s in the World Series, and Scully was behind the microphone for 13 percent of them. He called Larsen’s perfect game in 1956, Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, and later called Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991.
April 8, 1974: Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record
Scully was a great broadcaster not so much because of the way he described the game on the field, but because he was curious about the game and always had a story to tell, and could put the grandest moments in the proper perspective. He did just that the night Aaron became the all-time home…