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The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return to the broadcast booth for an unprecedented 62nd season in 2010, calling all Dodger home games and those road games against National League West Division opponents.
â€śIâ€™m just honored and humbled to continue my association with the Dodgers, which has been a major part of my life,â€ť said Scully.
Scullyâ€™s 61 years of service constitute the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history. While he handles all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts on PRIME TICKET and KCAL 9, the first three innings of each of his games are also simulcast on KABC 790 AM.
â€śI'm as thrilled as our fans that Vin will be returning,â€ť said Dodger Owner Frank McCourt. â€śHe is not only the greatest broadcaster of all time, but also a wonderful friend."
With accolades far too numerous to detail, Scullyâ€™s crowning achievement came nearly 30 years ago when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Scully began his baseball broadcasting career in 1950, and since then has gone on to call three perfect games, 19 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was also at the microphone for Kirk Gibsonâ€™s miraculous Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaronâ€™s record-setting 715th home run, Barry Bondsâ€™ record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs and the scoreless-inning streaksâ€™ of Dodger greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.
When Scully first began broadcasting, the Dodgers had yet to win a single World Series. Gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was just three cents and the minimum wage was only 75 cents per hour. Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game and in 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers' first and only championship in Brooklyn.
The following season, Scully once again found himself in the enviable position of calling what he would later say was the greatest individual performance he had seen -- Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series.
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers
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