04/04/2008 7:04 PM ET
Scully to receive multiple honors in April
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LOS ANGELES -- Legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be honored three times this month by various groups, including this Sunday, April 6, when he will be inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, April 26, he will give the Seaver College Commencement address at Pepperdine University. The exercise will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is held on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu.
On Tuesday, April 29, he will be honored by WFUV 90.7 FM, Fordham University's radio station at their 60th Anniversary celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in New York.
"I'm deeply grateful for these honors and consider myself extremely fortunate," said Scully. "I was at Fordham when they started their FM radio station 60 years ago so I consider it a real privilege to have been there at the beginning."
Scully, who enters his 59th year of broadcasting Dodgers baseball, is being inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in its second year of existence. He will join fellow inductees Willie Mays, Dave Winfield, Cheryl Miller, Don Quarrie, Dan Fouts, and Pete Sampras. The CSHOF was formed to honor sports heroes, support struggling athletes, and highlight California sports history and to promote education through sports. For more information, visit www.californiasportshalloffame.com.
Scully will receive Pepperdine University's highest honor, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, as he will address the 2008 graduating class at their Commencement. Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda, who also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine in 1996, will be on hand to introduce Scully. With a student body of more than 8,300 students, Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
A graduate of Fordham University in the class of 1949, Scully returns to his Alma Mater to be honored at their Inaugural Spring Gala and Benefit. WFUV, the university's radio station, is celebrating its 60th anniversary and will honor the "Voice of the Dodgers" with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. Also being honored that night are Fordham alums Charles Osgood and Emmylou Harris. The Gala will be held at Sotheby's Auction House as cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. while dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by the presentation of the awards and a performance by Harris, the award-winning singer.
Scully was previously honored by Fordham University in 2000 when he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honorary degree and delivered the commencement speech for Fordham's 2000 graduating class of over 3,500 students.
Scully, whose status as one of the top sportscasters in history was reaffirmed recently when he was named as "baseball's all-time best broadcaster," enters his 59th season as the "Voice of the Dodgers." The Hall of Famer's 58 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any current sports broadcaster with one team.
His vivid yet simplistic description of a baseball game has thrilled fans for years, as he joined Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcast team in 1950, just a year after graduating from Fordham University. Scully, who played outfield for two seasons on Fordham's baseball team, called baseball, basketball and football games for the university's radio station. In 1982, 32 years after he first became a Dodger broadcaster, Scully reached the pinnacle of his sparkling career in baseball when he was inducted into the Broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient.
In July 2000, Scully was elected as the top sportscaster of the 20th century by more than 500 national members of the American Sportscasters Association. He topped such broadcasting icons as Howard Cosell, Mel Allen and others in balloting by the ASA, a non-profit organization that recognizes achievements in sports broadcasting.
On April 21, 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in Scully's honor.