Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Vin Scully passed on today at the age of 94. The famous announcer who called the games for the Dodgers for 67 years beginning in 1950 when the team was in Brooklyn, was a man known for his love of baseball, love of America, the Dodgers, and his deep faith.
The city of Los Angeles mourns and yet celebrates the amazing life and legacy of Scully as thousands echo their love and appreciation for all this man was and did for the community. Los Angeles City Hall was lit up blue Wednesday night in honor of the legendary broadcaster.
“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. Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles.” the Dodgers said in a statement.
For Scully, his faith integrated with his work and played a key role in his success and influence. He explained that faith was the one thing that held everything together for him and helped him keep perspective through his own trials. He told Angelus in a 2019 interview.
“Thank God, my faith has always kept things in perspective. Completely. It has not wavered.”
Scully was not immune to life’s challenges, yet instead of wavering, he held on and grew in trust and faith in God’s promises.
“As many who have known me know, I’ve had some pain in my life [at age 5 with the death of his father, the deaths of his first wife, Joan, and his son, Michael]. Faith is the one thing that makes it work, makes me keep going. You appreciate what you’ve been given.”
Faith was the one constant in his life that never wavered, never changed.
“Faith is the one thing that makes it work, makes me keep going. You appreciate what you’ve been given,” explained Scully.
Scully continued, “You know, this isn’t the only stop on the train. There’s one big one we’re still waiting for. I used my faith to guide me straight and narrow and strong, for sure.”
The Los Angeles Daily News also profiled Scully’s faith and the way his beliefs influenced him since he was a child.
“God has been incredibly kind to allow me to be in the position to watch and to broadcast all these somewhat monumental events,” Scully told the outlet in 2016. “I’m really filled with thanksgiving and the fact that I’ve been given such a chance to view. But none of those are my achievements; I just happened to be there.”
Scully was a man who recognized the hand of God and the fact that all good things come from his generous grace.
“I know some people won’t understand it, but I think it has been God’s generosity to put me in these places and let me enjoy it.”
For these reasons and more, he will always be remembered in Los Angeles and beyond as a man of character and humility that trusted in Christ.
October 2, 2016. Vin Scully signs off for the final time. ? pic.twitter.com/R85tgy1bHB
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