At a very young age, Scully discovered his love for baseball when he saw the results of the second game of the 1936 World Series at a laundromat. Scully would grab a pillow, put it under the family for legged radio and lay his head to hear whatever program or college football game was on the air. Because he was a member of the NYC Police Athletic League and Catholic Youth Organization, He had the privilege to attend the games for free and later became a very big enormous fan of sports.
While attending Fordham University he began his career as a student journalist and broadcaster. He also did some work on the university FM station and increased the number of listeners through his charms. Later he sent one hundred fifty letters to different broadcasting stations where he only received a response from CBS Radio affiliate WTOP in Washington, D.C who hired him as a fill-in. At the age of 22, He was hired by CBS which shows the great traits of the broadcaster at his age. He would open his broadcast with familiar greetings like " Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be".
The sports director of the CBS Radio Station recruited Scully to cover the College Football events. In 1950, Scully joined the Barber and Connie Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers Radio and television booth. He got his big breakthrough as he replaced Barber calling the World Series in 1953 which made him the youngest broadcaster to call Fall Classic Game at the age of 25. This record still stands to this day.
At the beginning of 1958, Scully accomplished the Dodgers to their new location and became immensely popular in Southern California. In 1964, Scully was offered a job by New York Yankees to replace the recently fired Mel Allen as their lead play-by-play announcer But Scully declined the offer and choose to stay with the Dodgers. By 1976, his popularity in Los Angeles rose so high that the fans of the Dodgers voted him as the" most memorable personality" in the history of the franchise.
Scully credited the birth of the transistor radio as" the greatest single break" of his career. Tons of fans had trouble recognizing the lesser players during the Dodger's first four years in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In the same year, he received the presidential medal and gave a speech which was:
"God has been so good to me to allow me to do what I`m doing," Scully who is a devout Catholic continued " A childhood dream that came to pass and then gave me 67 years to enjoy every minute of it. That`s a pretty large thanksgiving day for me."
On August 28, 2015, via cue cards presented by comedian and host Jimmy Kimmel on the Dodger Stadium that Scully would be back with the 2016 season of Dodgers. Through a press conference on August 29, Scully declared his retirement, and his final year of the season was broadcasted from San Francisco`s AT and T Park on October 2, 2016.
After retiring in 2016, Scully made a handful of appearances in the Dodgers stadium and his sweet voice was heard in the background narrating the play or game. In 2020, Scully auctioned off his personal memorabilia, which raised over $2 million. A portion of it was donated to UCLA for ALS research.
Ever gracious both in person and on the air, Scully considered himself merely a conduit between the games and the fans.