Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener for just the second time in 63 years because of a bad cold, according to the Major League Baseball team.
Scully’s tenure as a Dodgers commentator is the longest in sports-broadcasting history, according to the team’s media guide. He is resting at home and will be unavailable for today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers said in a statement.
Charley Steiner and Steve Lyons will call the game on television, and Rick Monday will handle the duties for radio.
Scully called the Dodgers’ season-opener in San Diego on April 5.
The only other Dodgers home opener that the 84-year-old Scully missed since joining the team was in 1977, when he was calling golf’s Masters Tournament on network television, according to ESPN.com. Scully started with the Dodgers in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with the franchise to Los Angeles in 1958.
Scully was elected to the news media wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He called the perfect games thrown by Don Larsen in 1956, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991, as well as 19 no-hitters.
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