Three California Democrats -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Democratic Caucus chairman Xavier Becerra -- introduced a resolution on Thursday honoring the life and career of Vin Scully.
The resolution details the accomplishments of the iconic Dodgers announcer, who is about to retire following 67 years calling Dodgers and other Major League Baseball games. Scully first joined Dodgers broadcasts in 1950, when the team was in Brooklyn, and will call his final game on Sunday when the Dodgers play the Giants in San Francisco.
"I am proud to join with millions of Californians and baseball fans across this country to honor [Scully] for his seven decades of faithful service to America's national pastime," Boxer said in introducing the resolution.
:: Farewell, Vin Scully ::
The resolution lists the numerous accolades Scully has received through his career, as well as some of his most memorable announcing moments over the years: calling Sandy Koufax's perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965; Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run on April 8, 1974; and Kirk Gibson's walk-off pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
"Whereas Vin Scully will announce his final game on October 2, 2016, when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Francisco Giants," the text of the resolution concludes. "Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate [the House of Representatives concurring], that Congress: (1) honors the life and legendary career of Vincent Edward 'Vin' Scully, whose character, artistry, and storytelling as an announcer for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers has set the standard for sports announcing; and (2) wishes Vin Scully a fulfilling retirement as he bids farewell to the broadcast booth following the 2016 Major League Baseball season."
The following is the full text of the resolution:
Washington -- Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (all D-Calif.) today introduced a resolution honoring Vin Scully, long-time voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scully joined the broadcast team for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, and moved across the country when the team relocated to Los Angeles. He has called more than 9,000 games for the Dodgers. He will announce his final game on October 2 in San Francisco.
"Although I've been a Giants fan for nearly 60 years, it's impossible not to have great admiration and affection for Vin Scully," Senator Feinstein said. "Vin really is the heart and soul of the Dodgers-and of Los Angeles. The average professional baseball career lasts around five years, and managers are long in the tooth after a decade. Vin Scully, on the other hand, has devoted 67 years of his life to the Dodgers. Vin's deep love for his team and his town are wonderful examples for all of us. I wish Vin the best in his well-deserved retirement."
"Vin Scully is a national treasure," Senator Boxer said. "During so many iconic moments in baseball history-like when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and when Hank Aaron broke the home run record-it was Vin Scully's voice that we all heard. I am proud to join with millions of Californians and baseball fans across this country to honor him for his seven decades of faithful service to America's national pastime."
"Vin Scully is already a legend in America, not just in Los Angeles or in baseball," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Becerra said. "He is an icon who has brought a love for the game to millions of fans. His integrity, can-do spirit, and devotion to baseball are bound to define sports broadcasting for decades. It will be an emotional day hearing him call his last game for the Dodgers on October 2nd. But like a favorite song, we'll never forget the sound of the melodic voice of the great Vin Scully."
Full text of the resolution follows:
Honoring Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully, the United States baseball broadcaster who has magnificently served as the play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 Major League Baseball seasons since 1950.
Whereas Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully was born in the Bronx, New York, on November 29, 1927;
Whereas Vin Scully was raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York;
Whereas when Vin Scully was 8 years old he decided he wanted to become a sports announcer;
Whereas in 1950, at the age of 22, Vin Scully joined the radio and television broadcast team for the Brooklyn Dodgers;
Whereas in 1953, at the age of 25, Vin Scully became the youngest individual to announce the broadcast of a World Series game;
Whereas Vin Scully announced Brooklyn Dodgers' games through 1957, after which he moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles as the first team in Major League Baseball to play in Southern California;
Whereas Vin Scully is credited with teaching the game of baseball to Los Angeles;
Whereas since 1950, Vin Scully has announced more than 9,000 Major League Baseball games and almost 1/2 of all Los Angeles Dodgers games ever played;
Whereas Vin Scully has announced numerous iconic moments in baseball history, including --
on September 9, 1965, Vin Scully announced Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, concluding, "Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, did it with a flourish. He struck out the last 6 consecutive batters. So when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record book, that 'K' stands out more than the 'oufax'.";
on April 8, 1974, Vin Scully called the 715th homerun by Hank Aaron to break Babe Ruth's longstanding homerun record, stating, "What a marvelous moment for baseball, what a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the State of Georgia, what a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol. And it is a great moment for all of us, and particularly for Henry Aaron."; and
(3) on October 15, 1988, during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series at Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully announced a game-winning, pinch hit homerun by injured Los Angeles Dodger Kirk Gibson against Oakland Athletics' reliever Dennis Eckersley, declaring, "High fly ball into right field. She is gone ... In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.";
Whereas Vin Scully has described the exploits of some of baseball's all-time greats, including Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, and Clayton Kershaw, among many others;
Whereas Vin Scully has been nicknamed "The Shakespeare of Baseball", "The Voice of the Dodgers", and "The Voice of Summer";
Whereas Vin Scully has been awarded the honors of --
(1) National Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sports Media Association in 1965, 1978, and 1982;
(2) Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982;
(3) induction into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame in 1991;
(4) induction into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1992;
(5) Life Achievement Emmy Award for Sportscasting in 1995;
(6) induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995;
(7) Sportscaster of the Century from the American Sportscasters Association in 2000;
(8) induction into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2008;
(9) induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009;
(10) Ambassador Award of Excellence from the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission in 2009;
(11) Top Sportscaster of All-Time from the American Sportscasters Association in 2009;
(12) Baseball Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award in 2014; and
(13) 32-time California Sportscaster of the Year;
Whereas, on September 23, 2016, during a pregame ceremony at Dodgers Stadium to honor Vin Scully for his iconic life and contributions, he was likened to Norman Rockwell and film character George Bailey; and
Whereas Vin Scully will announce his final game on October 2, 2016, when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Francisco Giants: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress --
(1) honors the life and legendary career of Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully, whose character, artistry, and storytelling as an announcer for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers has set the standard for sports announcing; and
(2) wishes Vin Scully a fulfilling retirement as he bids farewell to the broadcast booth following the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
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