In what has become an annual rite of passage, Southern Californians everywhere were relieved and rejoiced when the news broke that Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully would return for an unprecedented 65th season with the organization in 2014. Said Scully: "It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season - the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management - so everything just fell into place."
The Hall of Famer's 64 years of consecutive service with the Dodgers is the longest of any sports broadcaster with one team. This season, Scully will call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona for the brand new SportsNet LA as well as Dodger radio partner KLAC.
Scully continues to rewrite the record book of his trade each and every time he goes on the air. With awards and accolades beyond comprehension, Scully added "Grand Marshal" to his resume this past January when he served as the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade on New Year's Day. The theme of the parade was "Dreams Come True" and Scully remarked on the experience: "It's been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming. One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife, with our grandchildren, most of them, and children. So the thought that they were enjoying it as much as I made me feel even better."
In January of 2014, Scully won the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association's best Play-By-Play award for both TV and Radio. He has now won the award 11 and 15 times, respectively. In January 2013, he was bestowed with the Allan H. "Bud" Selig Executive Leadership Award at the annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation dinner, which is given to those who have made great contributions to the game of baseball.
In 2010, the American Sportscasters Association (ASA), put his name atop the list of the 50 greatest to ever sit behind a microphone. The ASA also elected Scully as the top sportscaster of the 20th century in a vote by more than 500 national members of the organization in 2000, topping such broadcasting icons as Howard Cosell, Mel Allen and others. In the 2005 book "Voices of Summer," Scully was named as baseball's all-time best broadcaster based on "longevity, continuity, network coverage, kudos, language, popularity, persona, voice knowledge and miscellany." Each criterion was rated from 1-10, with the perfect score being 100. Scully was the only broadcaster to reach that number.
Scully, whose vivid yet simplistic description of a baseball game has thrilled fans for years, joined Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcast team in 1950, just a year after graduating from Fordham University. Scully, who played outfield for two seasons on Fordham's baseball team, called baseball, basketball and football games for the University's radio station. In 1982, 32 years after he called his first Dodger game, he reached the pinnacle of his career in baseball when he was inducted into the Broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient.
In 2009, Scully was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals and programs that have made a significant and lasting contribution to the broadcasting industry. A plaque in his honor is permanently displayed at the NAB building in Washington, DC. Previous inductees to the NAB Radio Hall of Fame include Mel Allen, Gene Autry, Red Barber, Jack Buck, George Burns, Harry Caray, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Casey Kasem, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, Edward Murrow and Ronald Reagan.
Also in 2009, The American Sportscasters Association selected Scully as the Top Sportscaster of All-Time. The same organization previously honored him as the Top Sportscaster of the 20th century in 2000 and inducted him into the American Sportscasters Association's Hall of Fame in 1992. During the 2008 calendar year, Scully was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in New York City as well as the California Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored on the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the team's record-setting game in March and a plaque was unveiled in his honor at the historic venue. He received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from Pacific Pioneers Broadcasting and was honored by WFUV, the radio station he helped form at his alma mater Fordham, during its 60th anniversary celebration. Scully also received an honorary Doctor's of Law degree from Pepperdine, the university's highest honor.
When Scully first began broadcasting in 1950, the Dodgers had yet to win a single World Series and were known affectionately as "Dem Bums." Gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was just three cents and the minimum wage was only 75 cents per hour. Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game and in 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers' first and only championship in Brooklyn. The following season, Scully once again found himself in the enviable position of calling what he would later say was the greatest individual performance he had seen - Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series - a broadcast that made national news again in 2009 when the MLB Network launched with the rare footage of that game.
Though he cut his proverbial teeth on radio, Scully is often known for letting the pictures tell the story on television. His most memorable call for Dodger fans likely came in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, when a hobbled Kirk Gibson's two-out, two-strike, two-run homer gave the Dodgers a victory over the highly-favored Oakland A's. "High fly ball into right field, she is gone," Scully said before remaining silent for more than a minute. The next words he spoke continue to be replayed almost nightly at Dodger Stadium. "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."
Scully's voice is often dubbed the "soundtrack to summer" in Los Angeles, where generations of fans have grown up listening to him call Dodger games. He continues to call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona. While Scully handles all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts, the first three innings of each of his games is simulcast on radio.
As such, in 2005, USA Today ranked the Dodgers' radio broadcast team as MLB's best, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. Scully and his colleagues, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner, earned 28.5 points out of a possible 30.
On April 21, 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in Scully's honor. In addition to his Dodger broadcasts, the legendary broadcaster has called play-by-play for NFL games and PGA Tour events on CBS-TV from 1975-82 and play-by-play for Major League Baseball's Game of the Week, three World Series and four All-Star Games on NBC-TV from 1983-89. Scully also called play-by-play for the World Series on CBS Radio from 1990-97. In all, he has called 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games.
In 2009, Scully hosted "Scully & Wooden for the Kids" alongside UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. The once-in-a-lifetime event featured Scully and Wooden sharing insights, philosophies, memories and wisdom before a sold-out audience of more than 7,000 people. Proceeds from the event benefited Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope through ThinkCure!, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scully portrayed himself in "For Love of the Game," the 1999 Universal Pictures release starring Kevin Costner. During the 1999 World Series, Scully served as master of ceremonies at Major League Baseball's All-Century Team unveiling at Atlanta's Turner Field. He was named best of the century in Los Angeles Sports broadcasting by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the poet laureate of baseball by USA Today. He has also lent his voice to Sony Playstation's MLB video game.
He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Los Angeles.
Former Dodger outfielder and two-time Major League All-Star Rick Monday begins his 22nd season as a Dodger broadcaster and 30th season overall with the organization, including eight as a player. He also spent three years calling Dodger games on cable television. The Emmy-Award winning broadcaster can be heard on the Dodgers' flagship station AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles and across the Dodgers Radio Network.
In 2005, USA Today ranked the Dodgers' radio broadcast team, featuring Vin Scully, Monday and Charley Steiner, as Major League Baseball's best, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. The trio earned 28.5 points out of a possible 30.
This season, Monday will call 162 games both as an analyst and play-by-play man. For home games and road contests in California and Arizona, Monday will serve as the analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner. For the road games outside California and Arizona, Monday will take on play-by-play duties with former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra serving as the analyst. For every game in 2014, Monday is also a co-host on the radio pre-game show.
Monday, who joined the Dodgers' broadcast team in 1993, began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor on KTTV in Los Angeles in 1985 while also calling play-by-play and hosting the pregame show for Dodger games on DodgerVision and Z Channel. He was nominated for an Emmy as host of the Dodgers' pregame show on KTTV's "Dodger Central" in 1988 and he earned an Emmy for Live Sports Coverage in 2001. Monday was also a color commentator for CBS-TV at the College World Series championship game in 1988. He moved to San Diego in 1989 and called play-by-play for the Padres on radio and television for four seasons.
The 2011 season marked the 35th anniversary of one of the most dramatic moments of Monday's playing career. While playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1976, he saved the American flag from being burned by two protesters in left field at Dodger Stadium on April 25. Al Campanis, former Dodger Vice President, Player Personnel, presented the flag to Monday after it was used as evidence in the case against the two protesters and former U.S. President Gerald Ford presented Monday with a Bicentennial Commendation for his service to others. On June 27, 2006, in honor of the 30th anniversary of his heroic efforts, the 109th Congress passed a senate resolution honoring Monday for his courage and patriotism and he was a guest of former President George W. Bush at the White House on several occasions.
In 2006, Monday released his first book, "Tales from the Dodger Dugout," a retrospective on the 1981 World Championship club on which he played a key role.
A star at Arizona State University (ASU), Monday led the Sun Devils to the 1965 College World Series Championship and earned All-American and College Player of the Year honors before the Kansas City Athletics made him the first player ever selected in the Major League First-Year Player Draft. He was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1975. He also serves on the Advisory Board for ASU Baseball.
After spending six seasons with the Athletics, including an appearance on the 1968 American League All-Star team, and five seasons with the Cubs, Monday joined the Dodgers as part of a five-player trade in 1977. He played eight seasons for the Dodgers, helping them to a World Championship in 1981 and three NL pennants (1977, 1978, 1981), and was named to the NL All-Star squad in 1978. Overall, Monday compiled a .264 career batting average with 241 home runs and 775 RBI while appearing in five League Championship Series and three World Series.
The former left-handed hitter is also known for his dramatic, game-winning home run in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1981 N.L. Championship Series at Montreal, which gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory and a berth in the World Series. In 1977, Monday received the inaugural Humanitarian Award presented by Major League Baseball and in 1995 he was honored with the William A. Shea Distinguished Little League Graduate Award, which is given to a Major League Baseball player or individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the Little League Baseball program. A list of additional awards can be found below.
Monday and his wife, Barbaralee, who make regular visits to various veteran's hospitals throughout the year, reside in Vero Beach during the offseason.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Charley Steiner enters his 10th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. The veteran broadcaster will call the action for all games on the Dodgers' new television network, SportsNet LA, outside of California and Arizona with new partner Orel Hershiser. In addition, Steiner will continue his duties as the radio play-by-play voice for all home games and away contests in California and Arizona on the Dodgers' flagship station, AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles, alongside Rick Monday.
On Nov. 9, 2013, Steiner entered the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, joining Orson Welles, Edward R. Murrow, Paul Harvey, Vin Scully and Larry King among others. King, a lifelong Dodger fan, inducted Steiner, who became the 17th sportscaster admitted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Before joining the Dodgers, Steiner broadcast three years for the New York Yankees on WCBS Radio and the YES Network. While with the Yankees, Steiner and his partner John Sterling received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio), for best play-by-play.
Prior to his seasons with the Yankees, Steiner spent 14 years at ESPN, where his responsibilities ranged from anchoring SportsCenter to working play-by-play for Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio and Television. He was also the play-by-play voice for ESPN 2's Saturday Primetime football. He served as SportsCenter's primary boxing reporter/analyst and also contributed to the Emmy and CableACE Award-winning Outside the Line series. His nationally-acclaimed coverage of the Mike Tyson trial in Indianapolis earned him a Clarion award.
In December 2010, Steiner delivered the commencement address at his alma mater Bradley University's mid-year commencement and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university. Steiner graduated from Bradley in 1971 and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He is also a member of Bradley's Centurion Society, which recognizes university alumni who have brought national and international credit to the school, and in 1991 received Bradley's Lydia Moss Bradley Award, which honors those who have given outstanding service to the school. Steiner has established the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors and in 2012 he was the keynote speaker at Bradley's Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport.
This season Australia will become the seventh different country in which Steiner has broadcast Major League Baseball. In 2008, Steiner had the distinction of calling the Dodgers' historic two-game series in Beijing, China, the first ever Major League games played on Chinese soil. Steiner has called games in six different countries as he was also behind the microphone for ESPN in 1999 when MLB opened the season for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico and the first-ever Major League game in Puerto Rico in 2001. Steiner also called the 2004 Opening Day festivities for the Yankees in Tokyo, Japan. Steiner called the 2013 World Baseball Classic for Major League Baseball International and in 2006, he served as the lead play-by-play announcer for XM Radio at the inaugural WBC.
In 2009, Steiner won two Emmys for his broadcast work with PRIME TICKET for the network's "True Blue Stories," which aired during the Dodgers' 50th anniversary season.
In 2008, Steiner had the distinction of calling the Dodgers' historic two-game series in Beijing, China, the first ever Major League games played on Chinese soil. Steiner has called games in six different countries as he was also behind the microphone for ESPN in 1999 when MLB opened the season for the first time in Monterrey, Mexico and the first-ever Major League game in Puerto Rico in 2001. Steiner also called the 2004 Opening Day festivities for the Yankees in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2005, his first season with the Dodgers, USA Today ranked the club's radio broadcast team, featuring Hall of Famer Vin Scully, Rick Monday and Steiner, as Major League Baseball's best.
Steiner also has provided the reading voice for several books-on-tape, including Jane Leavy's "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" and "As They See Them" by Bruce Weber, a book about Major League Baseball umpiring. He also served as the narrator for the DVD "Dodger Blue: The Championship Years," which was produced by Major League Baseball Productions. Steiner served as the lead play-by-play announcer for XM Radio at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006 and hosted a radio show on XM from 2006-09. He also broadcast the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Major League Baseball International seen around the world.
He began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL Radio in Peoria, Illinois as a newscaster. After a nine-month stint at KSTT Radio in Davenport, Iowa, Steiner moved to Connecticut, where he served as News Director at WAVZ radio in New Haven and, later, at WPOP radio in Hartford.
After a year and half in Cleveland working at WERE radio and WKYC television as a sportscaster, Steiner moved home to New York, where for the next seven years, he was the morning sportscaster on WOR radio, while serving as sports director for the RKO Radio Network.
In addition, Steiner called the play-by-play for the USFL New Jersey Generals and, later, for the New York Jets on WABC radio. He won the UPI Best Radio Sportscaster award for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in 1981, 1983 and 1985, and the New York State Broadcasters Award for best radio play-by-play in 1983, 1984 and 1987 before joining ESPN. He spent five years calling the action for the Harvard-Yale football game each fall.
Steiner resides in Los Angeles and is originally from New York.
AM 50 LA Sports Los Angeles Dodgers Reporter and co-host of "Dodger Talk" -- He has developed great relationships beyond the field with many of the Dodgers players, coaches and staff.
Vassegh has covered the Los Angeles sports landscape since 1998 and is one of the most plugged in reporters in LA.
He was born in Santa Monica and was raised in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
Magic Johnson is his favorite athlete and has said the first Dodger he grew up admiring was Dusty Baker.
Alanna Rizzo enters her second season as a member of the Dodger broadcast team, where she serves as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter for games called by Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra while also hosting the pre-and post-game shows from Dodger Stadium.
Rizzo is a nationally recognized television sports journalist, reporter and studio host. A three-time regional Emmy Award winner, Rizzo has been covering professional and collegiate sports for more than 10 years. Before coming to Los Angeles, Rizzo could be seen on MLB Network, where she appeared across all of the network's studio programming, including "Intentional Talk" and "Quick Pitch", as well as reporting from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Red Carpet, the MLB Postseason and the World Baseball Classic.
Previously, Rizzo was with ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain in Denver working as a sideline reporter and host for the Colorado Rockies, University of Colorado and University of Denver broadcasts.
Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism. She lives with her husband, Justin, and dog, Guidry, in Los Angeles.
Tim Cates enters his second year on the Dodgers Radio broadcast. He has worked in sports talk radio for almost 20 years, serving as a producer, reporter and host on Fox Sports Radio Network and AM 570 LA Sports. Cates has traveled the road covering the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowls and NCAA Men's Final Fours.
Cates is the Executive Producer of The Petros & Money Show on AM 570 LA Sports. He is the host of BruinTalk on the UCLA football and basketball broadcasts. Cates can be heard as the studio host for Compass Media Networks coverage of the Oakland Raiders, NCAA College Football game of the week and NCAA College Basketball. Cates is also a regular contributor on Going Roggin on KNBC-TV 4.
Born and raised in Southern California, Cates graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank and earned a degree in History from UCLA. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.