Vin Scully has announced that he will return to the broadcast booth in 2012 for the Dodgers, extending his Hall of Fame career to a remarkable 63 years.
“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, the television station that broadcasts the Dodgers. “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 okay."The announcement comes in the wake of news that the Dodgers have asked its season-ticket holders to evaluate Scully as a broadcaster. Los Angeles later made clear that Scully would hold the job as long as he wished. Scully, 83, has been the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers on the radio and television since joining the booth in 1950 and broadcasting the World Series in 1953 as a 25-year-old, the youngest ever to do so.
Scully announces all Dodger home games and certain road games. He has also broadcasted "three perfect games, 19 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was also at the microphone for Kirk Gibson’s miraculous Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs and the scoreless-inning streaks’ of Dodger greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser," the press release said.