LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Longtime Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster, the beloved Vin Scully, has announced that he will return in 2015, for his 66th season with the club, according to a team statement.
The announcement was made by several Dodger players on Dodger Vision Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium during their ball game against the Atlanta Braves.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen, as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”
Scully’s 65 years behind the microphone marks the longest tenure of any broadcaster in history.
Scully is set to continue to call all nine innings of Dodger ball games, with three innings of each of his broadcasts going out over radio.
Vin Scully began calling games for the Dodgers in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and was mentored by former broadcaster, the late Red Barber.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 to honor his illustrious career, which has included the calling of three perfect games, 25 World Series, and 12 All-Star Games.
The Dodgers won their first World Series three years after Scully started in the booth, in 1955, when the young broadcaster was just 25 years old.