American Sports Journalist Vin Scully Biography - Early Life & Family Details

Vin Scully in 2016
Vin Scully in 2016( Source : washingtonpost )

Vincent Edward Scully was an American sportscaster who was known for his sixty-seven calling games for major league baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950 to 2016.

Other than Dodger's baseball, he also worked for CBS sports from 1975 to 1982 as well as NBC sports' lead basketball from 1983 to 1989 along with World Series for CBS radio from 1979 to 1982 and again from 1990 to 1997.

Vin Scully with his son Michael
Vin Scully with his son Michael( Source : latimes )

Full NameVincent Edward Scully
TeamBrooklyn Dodgers/LA Dodgers
Active Years1949-2016

Sports Journalist Vin Scully's early life and family

Scully was born in The Bronx, New York on 29th November 1927 in the small and immediate family of a father who worked as a silk salesman and his homemaker mother. He grew up in the Washington heights of Manhattan. His father's name was Vincent Aloysius who died when Scully was only four due to pneumonia. When his biological father died, his mother married an English merchant sailor named Allan Reeve whom he considered "his dad".

He attended Fordham Preparatory School in The Bronx. He also got his first job in a Pennsylvania hotel in New York City delivering mail and beer, pushing garment racks, and polishing silver in the basement. He was of Irish descent. 

He got married to his first wife Joan Crawford in 1957 when he was 30 years old. They were happily married with a son named Michael but his wife died in 1972 from an accidental medical overdose. They were married for only 15 years when she died.

Later in 1973, he got married to Sandra Hunt who had two children of her own, and soon after they had children of them together as well. In January 1994, Scully's eldest son Michael died in a helicopter crash while he was inspecting oil pipelines for leaks near Fort Tejon, California.

Vin Scully with previous president Obama
Vin Scully with previous president Obama( Source : makersplace )

For years, he was unconsolable but due to his faith in Roman Catholic; he eventually devoted himself in the religious faith of god which helped him in the long run, he mentioned that once in an interview. Scully narrated an audio recording of Rosary for Catholic Athletes of Christ in which he recites the Rosary mysteries by leading a group of responders in 2016.

With his two marriages, Scully had four children, two step-children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Scully and his second wife Sandra were married for forty-eight years when she died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on 3rd January 2021. He lived peacefully with his wife in Thousand Oaks, California.

He was a second cousin of the former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mary Freehill. He attended St. Jude the apostle church in Westlake Village, California.

An unauthorized biography of Scully named Pull up a chair: The Vin Scully story was published in 2009 and was written by Curt Smith. 

He did not watch any baseball games which were not announced by him for years but in 2004 and 2010, Scully and then-owner of Dodger Frank McCourt attended the games as spectators at Fenway Park.

Due to the kneeling of some league players during the national anthem prior to the games in November 2017, Scully stated that he would never watch another "NFL game" again in his lifetime.

Scully died in his home at Hidden Hills, California at the age of 94 on 2nd August 2022.

Vin Scully would be remembered in the history.
Vin Scully would be remembered in the history.( Source : deadspin )

Sports Journalist Vin Scully's biography and career

Scully discovered his love for baseball at the age of eight while watching the game of the 1936 world series and was very sympathetic for New York Giants losing badly. After serving in the US Navy for two years, he began his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University where he majored in English. While he was an assistant sports editor for the Fordham Ram in his senior year, he co-founded the school's FM station WFUV. 

After sending over 100 letters to the various stations along the east coast looking for work, he only received one response from CBS radio which hired him as a fill-in.

Red Barber recruited Scully for its college football coverage. Scully impressed his boss with his coverage of a November 1949 University of Maryland versus Boston University football game from frigid Fenway Park in Boston from the roof of the stadium but never expressed his discomfort in the open air.

Scully joined the Brooklyn Dodgers' radio with Barber and Connie Desmond in 1950 by replacing Ernie Harwell. Scully took Barber's spot in NBC's Television Booth when Barber got into a salary dispute with Gillette prior to the 1953 series. Hence, becoming the youngest person to broadcast a world series to date at the age of 25. 

After Barber left the Dodgers to work for New York Yankees at the beginning of 1954, Scully became the team's principal announcer working with Desmond(1954-56), Andre Baruch(1954-55), AI Helfer(1955-57), and Jerry Dodgett(1957).

He announced Dodger games in Brooklyn until 1957 after which it moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

At the beginning of the 1958 season,  Scully accompanied Dodgers at their new location and quickly became familiar with the environment of Southern California. He also got quite popular with the people of California due to his detailed play-by-play description of the match. He was even offered the job in New York Yankees to host the play-by-play after firing Mel Allen but Scully declined the job and stayed with the Dodgers.

By the time 1976, he was known as the most memorable personality in the history of the franchise by the fans of the Dodger in Los Angeles.

Scully also worked with CBS sports from 1975 to 1982 for the National Football League with several different color analysts where he gave some memorable play-by-play comments on the game. His work with CBS sports was scheduled during which time when he slacked the Dodgers and hired Ross Porter for back-up.

Scully continued working with CBS for games but decided to leave it eventually due to calling for NBC's baseball games from the beginning of 1983. He also decided to leave CBS sports due to some unresolved issues between them. 

He joined NBC's games from 1983 to 1989. He used to call for NBC's Saturday game of the Week. And three World Series from 1984, 1986, and 1988, along with four National League Championship series in 1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989 as well as all-star games in 1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989.

Scully also collaborated with Dodgers scheduling during this broadcasting home games on the radio and road games for the Dodgers television network, with Fridays and Saturdays off, so he could work for NBC.

After the 1989 season, NBC lost the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS for the first time since 1946. NBC would not. Televise baseball.

He also served as an announcer for NBC's PGA Tour golf coverage during his time at the network, usually teeming with Lee Trevino from 1983 to 1990.

After the contract was finished with NBC he continued working with the Dodgers. Scully's first assignment was the 1990 World Series, and he remained in that role until 1997, working with Johnny Bench for the first four years and Jeff Torborg for the final three.

From 1991-96, Scully broadcasts the annual golf Skins game for ABC having previously called the event for NBC from 1983 to 1989.

Scully no longer called most non-playoff games. People played east of Phoenix beginning around 2005 due to health reasons. on 31st January 2016, Scully announced that he planned to retire from broadcasting after the conclusion of the 2016 season his final game was teamed on the 2nd October finale at San Francisco.

His final home game was on 25th September 2016 against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Vin Scully died at the age of 94
Vin Scully died at the age of 94( Source : mlblogs )

Vin Scully's Net Worth

Vin Scully was an American sportscaster who had a net worth of $25 million. At the time of his death, with a salary of $3 million per month. He signed his first contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on 23rd December 1949. It paid $100 per week during baseball's roughly 30-week season. That came to $3000 per season. Which is the same as around $32,000 per year after adjusting for inflation. From 2008 onwards, his salary was $3 million per year.

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