Scully was 88 years old when he signed off in the booth for the final time. His 67 seasons marked an MLB record that will stand for a long time. So it is not unfair to ask: Is he still alive? Thankfully, the answer is yes. So what exactly is Scully up to now?
Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers
If one had to reduce Scully’s announcing style to a single word, it must be “seamless.” Choose a random five-minute slice of his work, and you’ll find a blend of historic anecdotes, basic play-by-play, and references to modern statistics like OPS.
Even in his final years, Scully never rambled. He chose his tales wisely, always relating a trip back in time to the action unfolding on the field. His old friend Jackie Robinson was a regular fixture of these stories.
Even his rare mistakes had an air of poignancy to them. Scully famously underlined a Clayton Kershaw fanning as follows: “11 strikeouts for Sandy Koufax.” Well, yeah, if you’re going to slip up, it’s understandable that Kershaw occupies the same part of your brain as Koufax.
Speaking of Koufax, it was Scully who announced his perfect game in 1965. Scully’s decades of work make it difficult to narrow down his best moments. But this line is the one tying Scully’s fate to the Dodgers forever. Toward the end of Koufax’s masterful pitching exhibition, an empathetic Scully perfectly illustrated the emotional resonance of the moment:
“I would think that the mound at Dodger Stadium right now is the loneliest place in the world.” It was. For Koufax. For Dodgers fans, however, they had a friend in Scully for 67 years.
Why Vin Scully retired after 63 seasons
Scully’s retirement was something of a shock for Dodgers fans. Not because of his age — 88 at the time — but due to his talent being as sharp as ever.
Scully told NPR exactly why it was time. “I’ve had so many yesterdays, I’m not sure how many tomorrows I’m going to have. I have a wife I adore, 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren,” Scully said.
Then, he obliquely acknowledged his undiminished talents. “The only reason that I would want to do baseball would be for some selfish reason, and I don’t want to do that. So no, I will spend my tomorrows where I should be — with my family.” A lucky family, indeed.
Vin Scully’s life in retirement
Scully retired after a Dodgers World Series run. Little did he know at the time, the team made it to the big show the following season, as well. Fans and fellow broadcasters dreamed of Scully returning for the occasion. He declined to call a game, but he did participate in a different way.
Scully’s pre-game show was an emotionally disarming surprise for everyone involved. His speech — delivered just like he used to — was special on its own. Then, he hosted a parade of Dodgers greats who emerged to punctuate the segment.
Then 91 years old, this event lacked the melancholy of an aging broadcaster saying goodbye. It was a celebration of history. Of the team. Of the players. Of the fans. It was one more perfect public dose of Scully, one of the greatest announcers to take up the mic.
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