Vin Scully is in his 67th and final season in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth. (Getty Images)
If you go to the official White House website today, you’ll find a petition to award Vin Scully the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here’s what it reads:
Vin Scully, is quite simply, a national treasure. This year marks his 67th and final season as a Dodgers broadcaster, starting his career when they were the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. He is our national pastime’s greatest ambassador, an educator who imparts fans with the wealth of knowledge about the game and its players that he has accumulated over his illustrious career, and the voice of not just Dodger baseball, but all of baseball. No person living today more perfectly symbolizes what is great and admirable about our national pastime, and for this, we request that President Obama honor his indelible contributions to American culture with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The petition has a goal of 100,000 signatures by May 15. Since it was created today, there’s a long way to go.
The Dodgers will hold a ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Monday to dedicate the newly renamed Vin Scully Avenue. The Los Angeles City Council made it official today.
The Dodgers earlier this week replaced the address on its “Welcome to Dodgers” entrance sign to read 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, in anticipation of today’s vote.
Several speakers today opposed changing the street’s name in honor of the Hall of Fame broadcaster who began announcing Dodger games when Harry S. Truman was president.
SportsNet LA has been unavailable to most of the Southern California market for its entire three-year existence. (Photo courtesy of SportsNet LA)
One day after Time Warner Cable announced it would reduce the rate it was charging AT&T/DirecTV to carry SportsNet LA, several people with a vested interest in the saga surrounding the Dodgers’ television channel voiced their opinion.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest in January. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Most Dodger fans might be able to watch Vin Scully’s final season on their home televisions this year after all.
A general view of a street sign honoring Vin Scully and Duke Snider at the former Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida in 1998. (L.A. Daily News file photo)
It’s been a while since I reported on the renaming of Elysian Park Avenue after Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Here’s a quick update.