Dodgers sign Scully for 2010 season
Legendary announcer returns for 61st season with team
LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully and the Dodgers made it official Tuesday, confirming the Hall of Fame announcer signed a one-year contract to return to the club in 2010 for a 61st season at the microphone.
Scully, who turned 82 on Sunday, will continue with the same broadcasting workload -- calling virtually all home games, plus road games as far east as Colorado. He made no commitment beyond 2010.
"We have had two exciting seasons consecutively -- getting into the second round of the playoffs -- and when you get that close, you look to the next year as perhaps the one that you go all the way," Scully said. "I'm very excited and optimistic about 2010 and the direction we're heading and we'll take it year-to-year after that."
Scully has been the voice and face of the organization for as long as the Dodgers have been in Los Angeles. He joined Red Barber and Connie Desmond on the Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcast team in 1950, one year after graduating from Fordham University.
In 1982, Scully was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of Baseball's Hall of Fame as winner of the Ford C. Frick Award and also had his star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2001, the Dodger Stadium press box was named in Scully's honor.
Throughout his prestigious broadcasting career, Scully has received numerous awards, including being named the California Sports Broadcaster of the Year 29 times by the National Sportswriters & Sportscasters Association, and in 2000 was voted as the "Sportscaster of the 20th Century" by more than 500 national members of the American Sportscasters Association.
"For six decades, Dodger fans have been truly blessed to have Vin Scully on the air and we are honored that he will be back in the booth again next season," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said. "He has been the one constant over the years and I know that our fans will cherish every game he calls."
Earlier this year, the American Sportscasters Association named Scully the greatest to ever sit behind a microphone. According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his years of service are believed to be the longest tenure of any broadcaster in sports history.
Scully has been behind the microphone for some of baseball's greatest moments, including Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 and Sandy Koufax's in 1965, Hank Aaron's 715th career home run, the scoreless innings streaks of Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale, Barry Bonds' record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs in 2001 and all six Dodgers World Series championships.
In 1976, Scully was voted by Dodgers fans as the most memorable personality in Los Angeles Dodgers history. Last year he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in New York and the California Sports Hall of Fame.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.