"Voice of the Dodgers" to join list of legendary sports figures.
Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be among the
distinguished list of broadcasting professionals inducted into the 2008 class
of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in
tomorrow night. The ceremony, hosted by CBS’ Jim Nantz, will be held
tomorrow night in Manhattan at the New York Hilton and is the culmination of a
selection process by more than 80 industry leaders from national broadcast
networks, cable sports networks, leagues, teams, and related organizations.
Going into the HOF alongside Scully will be Marvin Bader
(ABC Olympics), Chet Forte (ABC Sports), Curt Gowdy (ABC, CBS, and NBC), Teddy
Nathanson (director, NBC Sports), Don Ohlmeyer (ABC and NBC), Val Pinchbeck
(NFL), Bob Seiderman (CBS and Fox Sports), and Charlie Steinberg (Ampex and
Sony). The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, formed in 2007 to honor sports TV
industry innovators and leaders, announced its inaugural class last year, which
included broadcasting legends such as Roone Arledge, Howard Cosell, Jim McKay,
and Ed Sabol.
Scully is expected to accept the award via videotape due to
the lengthy travel required to be in attendance.
Next season will be Scully’s 60th with the Dodgers, which is
the longest tenure of any sports broadcaster with one team in all of sports.
Last month, Scully was honored by Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters with the Art
Gilmore Career Achievement Award and he has been named California Sportscaster
of the Year a record 28 times, while also receiving awards from the Southern
California Sports Broadcasters Association (SCSB) and the Radio and Television
News Association of Southern California (RTNA). Scully took home the Best Radio
Play-by-Play and Best Television Play-by-Play awards from the SCSB and won the
prestigious lifetime achievement award from the RTNA.
native was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In July
2000, Scully was named the “Sportscaster of the 20th Century” by more than 500
national members of the American Sportscasters Association. He has been named
the country’s Outstanding Sportscaster four times, and California Sportscaster
of the Year 24 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
In 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in his honor. Throughout his
career, Scully has called 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.