LOS ANGELES -- Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced he'll be returning next year for his 63rd season behind the mic at Dodgers games.
Scully made the announcement after he came back from a commercial break in the top of the sixth inning of Friday's game between the Rockies and Dodgers. The Hall of Fame announcer began his career in 1950 announcing Brooklyn Dodgers games. His 62 (and counting) years of service are the longest of any sports broadcaster.
"I don't want to make a big deal out of it, you and I have been friends for a long time," Scully told the audience on PRIME TICKET. "But after a lot of soul searching and a few prayers, we've decided that we will come back with the Dodgers for next year. God's been awfully good to me, allowing me to do the things I love to do. I asked him one more year at least and he said OK."
Scully cited his "love of people" as the biggest reason for his returning for the 2012 season. He said he and his wife made the decision about a week ago.
As for when he thinks he'll call it a career, Scully said he'll just know.
"My barometer has always been goosebumps," Scully said. "When someone makes a good play -- [Rockies third baseman Kevin] Kouzmanoff made a couple of really good plays tonight, and even in the heat I got goosebumps, thrills, over the play. It was a meaningless game, but it thrilled me. It's still there. I don't know why it's still there, most people would probably have said, 'That's enough.'"
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, Scully has called 25 World Series, three perfect games, 19 no-hitters and 12 All-Star Games. Scully's memorable moments behind the microphone include his call of the Brooklyn Dodgers' only championship in 1955, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series and Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run in the 1988 World Series.
Scully calls all nine innings of most of the team's TV broadcasts, while he is simulcast on the radio for the first three frames.
In classic Scully fashion, so as not to draw attention to himself, Scully made the announcement in the middle innings of a late-August game between two teams battling for third place in the National League West.
"I hate to make a big deal out of it," Scully said. "I'm not trying to be a Brett Favre or whoever else. They said why don't you do it on the air."
When Scully made the announcement, he cited a lady who sends him cookies every season, noting this season a note was attached saying they were a bribe for one more year. He gave in.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.