Broadcasting streak to continue for Dodger announcer.
Legend Los Angeles Dodger play-by-play commentator, Vin Scully, with a little help from his friends, announced that he would return for a record 67th season as the Dodgers baseball announcer.
An article on the mercurynews.com website said that during the second inning of last night’s Dodgers-Cubs game, co-owner of the team Magic Johnson used the video board to tell the 44,874 fans in attendance that Jimmy Kimmel had an announcement to make.
Kimmel appeared with a series of cue cards and without sound, confirmed that the long-time announcer would indeed return for “at least” one more season.
Scully waved from the broadcast booth as Kimmel’s last card hailed, “God bless us everyone.”
The 87-year-old Scully, a member of the Hall of Fame, is the longest continuous broadcaster for one team in sports history.
Scully said in a statement distributed during the game, “I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do it again in 2016.” He added, that there’s was no place like home and Dodger Stadium.
Scully is the announcer for the team’s home games and their road games in California and Arizona, calling all nine innings, while calling for the Dodgers’ TV home on SportsNet LA, as the first three innings are simulcast with the radio broadcast.
Ironically, a dispute between Time Warner Cable and other cable subscribers is preventing about 70 percent of the local audience from watching the Dodger games. Scully himself is unable to watch the Dodgers on the road, because Time Warner is not available in his home area.
Scully began broadcasting with the Dodgers when they were located in Brooklyn, way back in 1950. He followed the team to Los Angeles and has called 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games.
He was manning the microphone for Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and four no-hitters pitched by Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax.