Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, a Los Angeles legend, was recognized at yesterday’s game by Guinness World Records for having the longest career as a sports broadcaster for a single team.
Guinness adjudicator Alex Angert came onto the field and presented Scully with a certificate reading: “As of September 23, 2015, the longest career as a sports broadcaster for a single team is 65 years 5 months 22 days and was achieved by Vin Scully (USA), who has been broadcasting for the Dodgers organization since April 1, 1950.”
When Scully first started announcing for the team, it was based in New York and called the Brooklyn Dodgers. Scully issued a statement a few months ago that 2016 would "realistically" be his final season in the broadcast booth—the end of a 67-year tenure.
Scully's voice is an iconic part of the LA experience, as is the way he greets Dodger fans at the beginning of each game: "It's time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (day/evening) to you, wherever you may be."
And the man is no stranger to awards—he was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1982, presented a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for sports broadcasting and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
The broadcaster, who turns 88 in November, looked classy as hell in a grey-blue blazer with a striped blue tie and grey pants. “Vin is officially amazing,” the announcer said over the loudspeaker while he received his award, and while we’ve known it for a long time, it still feels validating.
Vin Scully has earned a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for longest career as a sports broadcaster for a single team pic.twitter.com/oSMRXsjLTv— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 24, 2015