The Los Angeles Dodgers paid tribute to Vin Scully on Friday in their first home game since the legendary broadcaster’s death.
Scully, who has been the voice of the Dodgers for more than six decades, died Tuesday at her home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles County, aged 94.
The Dodgers held a pre-match ceremony to commemorate the Hall of Famers before the game against the San Diego Padres, with players and staff standing on the pitch watching a special video.
“Vin was a man of character, integrity, class – a true gentleman,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said at the ceremony. “He wasn’t just a Dodger. He loved the baseball game that we all love and care about. ”
Roberts added: “Vin, we’ll miss you. We love you We will think of you every day, every game we come here, every fan that shows up at Dodger Stadium.
“There is a reason why you will always be remembered. You will always be tied to these five words: it’s Dodger baseball time. ”
During her last broadcast at the stadium in 2016, Scully hung a banner reading “I will miss you” from her booth. On Friday, a new banner hanging in the press box titled in her honor read “Vin, we’ll miss you.”
Players continued to wear black patches on their shirts that featured a microphone and the word “Vin”. The team will wear it for the rest of the season.
The Dodgers also said that Scully’s World Series rings, among her most prized possessions, will be showcased inside the stadium starting August 19.
Despite the emotionally charged ceremony, the Dodgers continued to beat the Padres 8-1.
A graduate of Fordham University, Scully began his career with the Dodgers at their original home in Brooklyn, New York, when he was recruited by Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber as the third man on the television crew.
At 25, he became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game in 1953, and when Barber left two years later to join the New York Yankees, Scully became the voice of the Dodgers.
Among her many honors, Scully has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In addition to covering the Dodgers, he was also heard on national TV as an announcer of golf, football and baseball.