Los Angeles Dodgers honor Vin Scully with memorial patch on uniforms

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers are paying tribute to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully by wearing a commemorative black patch with a microphone and “Vin” on their uniforms.

Scully, whose 67-year career calling games in Brooklyn and Los Angeles made him the longest-serving single-team broadcaster in sports history, died Tuesday night at age 94.

The Dodgers are out of town until Friday, but will honor Scully with a pregame tribute that night.

Players from the San Francisco Dodgers and Giants both lined the baseline before Wednesday’s game at Oracle Park for a pregame video tribute to Scully. Additionally, the Los Angeles Angels held a minute’s silence for Scully before their home game against the Oakland Athletics.

Scully was celebrated and remembered by Los Angeles fans on Wednesday. Some remembered his voice soothing them to sleep when they were children.

“It was like listening to your favorite song on the radio all the time, he was always in the background,” said George Esteves, a 58-year-old from Sierra Madre.

Mitch Hammontree, a 68-year-old Placentia fan, added: “He painted such a picture, you didn’t need a TV.”

Others recalled Scully as a bridge from one generation to the next, including Kenneth Walls, 29, from South Los Angeles, who listened alongside his 90-year-old grandfather.

“He’s been a part of my life since I was born,” Walls said. “Having this opportunity to share this moment with the fans is really important. It’s more fitting to be in a celebratory mood for such a long and beautifully lived life.”

At one point, a small green-colored bird landed on a Dodgers cap nestled among the flowers.

“Look, it’s Vinny!” exclaimed a woman.

Downey’s Diana Gutierrez took her 8-year-old grandson to see the memorabilia collection which included a blue and white Dodgers serape, baseballs in the shape of baseballs and baseballs resting on the D and nestled in the V on the welcome sign at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue.

“My grandson was saying this morning, ‘He’s such a nice person to everyone,'” Gutierrez said. ”

Along Hollywood Boulevard, tourists and locals alike stopped by Scully’s flower-studded star on the Walk of Fame located two doors down from another legend, Musso & Frank Grill. A delivery man hung an arrangement of roses and other flowers in Dodgers colors on a wooden easel.

Back downtown a few miles from the stadium, the weekday lunch crowd was already lining up at Philippe The Original.

“I was almost in tears,” said Daniel Mirgil, 75, of Pomona, upon hearing that Scully had died. “We used to use our transistor radio just to listen to it.”

Los Angeles City Hall will be lit in blue starting Wednesday night. ESPN2 is rebroadcasting Game 1 of the 1988 World Series with Scully’s memorable call of Kirk Gibson’s home run that led the Dodgers to a victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The self-effacing Scully would have appreciated the tributes but would likely have found them “a bit embarrassing”, is how he described the hype surrounding his retirement in 2016.

“I never wanted to go out in front of the game,” he said at the time.

Moments of silence were held in Scully’s honor around the majors on Wednesday.

“It’s the end of an era,” Hammontree said. “You think he’s going to live forever, and of course his legacy will.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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