Retired, longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully wins Baseball Digest’s Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW YORK – Vin Scully has won the second Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Baseball Digest.

The longtime Dodgers announcer was honored Tuesday with an annual award recognizing a living individual “who has made significant contributions to the national game.”

The 94-year-old Scully retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year-old broadcasting career that stretched back to when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. It was easily the longest term of office of any announcer with one team.

He was one of the six finalists last year when Willie Mays won the inaugural award. This year, a panel of 17 members chose from a list of candidates that included Bobby Cox, Sandy Koufax, Rachel Robinson, Bud Selig and Joe Torre, among others.

“Every award already won by Willie Mays, who was certainly one of my favorite players and one for whom I had great respect, is an honor,” Scully said in a news release. “It’s an honor to even associate my name with his in some way. I was honored, happy and surprised to be the second winner of Baseball Digest’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m proud of it and humble at the same time. time. “

In 1982, Scully won the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for Outstanding Broadcasting and the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Vin Scully was not only the voice of the Dodgers, but was also the soundtrack of our national game for an incredible seven decades,” said Baseball Digest publisher David Fagley. “We are honored to recognize his iconic career, both as a broadcaster and as a wonderful ambassador for the sport he loves so much.”

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