He was also a celebrity beyond the world of baseball, named grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day 2015.
He recounted a succession of great events in the history of baseball and knew how to keep his mouth shut.
Mr. Scully was on the mic in 1955 when the Brooklyn Dodgers won their only World Series championship, and in 1956 when the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in the World Series.
When Sandy Koufax struck out all 27 Chicago Cubs batters at Dodger Stadium on September 9, 1965, Mr. Scully marked the moment:
“On the right-field bulletin board, it’s 9:46 a.m. in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, CA. And a crowd of 29,139 seated to see the only pitcher in baseball history to pitch four games without a hit. sure or run. He’s done it four straight years and now he’s crowning it: On his fourth no-hitter, he made it a perfect game. And Sandy Koufax, whose name will always remind you of strikeouts, the did it with a bang. He struck out the last six straight batters. So when he writes his name in all caps in the record books, that K stands out even more than the OUFAX.
When Hank Aaron of the Braves hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta against the Dodgers, Mr. Scully said simply, “On the fence. Let’s go.”
He then walked to the back of the broadcast booth, took off his headphones, took a sip of his coffee and waited for the roar of the crowd to ring out.
Finally, he returned to the microphone: “What a wonderful time for baseball. What a wonderful time for Atlanta and the State of Georgia. What a wonderful time for the country and the world. A black man receives a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking the all-time baseball idol record.