Where To Find Vin Scully Tributes Around Dodger Stadium


Vin Scully, the voice of Los Angeles, died on August 2 and the legendary Dodgers announcer has been mourned and remembered around Dodger Stadium ever since.

Scully, 94, began his career as the Dodgers announcer in 1950, at the ripe age of 24, replacing then Brooklyn Dodgers announcer Ernie Harwell.

The longtime announcer was in the booth for the historic 1955 World Series winning Brooklyn Dodger Club and later made the transition to California with the Dodgers organization in 1958.

As he described himself as just a “kid from the Bronx,” the city of Los Angeles adopted him as an Angeleno, with his unmistakable voice documented the history of the Dodgers in real time, for decades, until his ultimate retirement in 2016.

The tributes for Vin began as the Dodgers’ returned to Dodger Stadium on Friday, Aug. 5, with the entire team meeting on the field and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts speaking to the crowd, giving heartfelt words about the man who not only announced games during his managerial tenure, but in his playing days with the Dodgers, as well.

“Vin, as he’s looking down on us right now, hated the spotlight on him… this is going to be very uncomfortable for him because this moment right now, he really deserves,” Roberts said to the Dodger Stadium crowd. “Vin was a man of character, integrity and class. A true gentleman and he wasn’t just a Dodger, he loved the game of baseball that we all love and care about.”

After Roberts spoke, the two current Dodger broadcasters who occupy Vin Scully’s booth, unveiled a banner attributed to Dodger fans, that read, “We’ll miss you.”

The tributes were not limited to Dodger Stadium, as the city acknowledged the passing of Scully with both Los Angeles City Hall and the colorful pylons outside of LAX were glowing Dodger blue in his honor.

“Vin Scully was bigger than baseball. He was the soul of L.A.,” the Mayor of L.A. Twitter account posted on August 2. “It is impossible to think about the
Dodgers without reflecting on Vin’s incomparable way with words and the wisdom he shared with generations of fans around the world. Our hearts are broken by his passing.”

Walking through the stadium during the weekend series against the San Diego Padres, Dodger fans may have noticed little tributes to Scully sprinkled throughout.

While it is not clear just how long the tributes will stand, the Dodgers have been known to honor important team figures through at least the season and this should not be any different.

For those Dodger fans trying to find those tributes during the coming home games, here is where to look:

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This memorial is the most accessible to fans, without having to enter the stadium with a ticket itself. The sign that welcomes Dodger fans just outside of the Academy Road entrance on 1000 Vin Scully Avenue is adorned with flowers, photos, candles, balloons and letters to Vin. Through the week, fans have flocked to the welcome sign to pay their respects.

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While fans are not allowed to get any closer to the entrance than just outside the small hall, a blue and white wreath can be seen standing tall at the entrance of the press area named after the legendary announcer. The press box is located on the 5th level, or club level, of the stadium and sits behind the home plate area of the stadium.

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To the right of the Vin Scully Press Box is a sign that quotes Scully’s words to the fans on his last official day as the Dodgers’ broadcaster in 2016. On his last day on the job, Scully unveiled the banner to the stadium crowd to a roaring cheer and ovation.

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Across the walkway from the Vin Scully Press Box sits a display of Scully’s headset and gameday notes from the last game he announced in 2016. In the case sits a photo of President Barack Obama awarding him the Medal of Freedom and various other mementos.  Next to the display case sits another blue and white wreath, as well as a bouquet of white roses on top of the glass.

A banner similar to the one unveiled by Scully himself during his last game, currently sits below the press box currently manned by Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser. Instead of “I’ll miss you,” this time around the banner reads, “Vin, we’ll miss you,” and is attributed to the Dodger fans.

The banner is visible throughout most of the stadium and was unveiled before the Dodgers August 5 game against the San Diego Padres.

Along the row of retired Dodger numbers sits Vin Scully’s microphone, which was commemoratively retired, as he was just as much a part of the team as anyone else.

Next to his number is now a blue and white chrysanthemum standing cross pastel.

An on-field tribute can be found right on the pitcher’s mound,as before every game since Vin’s passing, the grounds crew has painted a logo with Vin’s name accompanied by a microphone.

This Scully tribute will be more visible from the TV screen, but the Dodgers unveiled a Vin patch that will be worn on the sleeves of the player jerseys through at least the remainder of the season.

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One of the more subtle tributes, and one that is often observed to honor a death, is having all flags at half staff. The stadium’s largest American flag near center field, as well as the Calfornia state flag, are both flying at half mast.

The same can be seen for the smaller line of flags located in the top deck seating area behind home plate.

As mentioned earlier, the city of Los Angeles paid tribute to Scully as well, lighting up its LAX pillars and City Hall lighs bright blue in his honor. The dome atop SoFi Stadium in Inglewood also honored Vin, as travelers flying by could see the LED projections on the dome display Vin’s name.

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