Legendary sports broadcaster Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, received the Icon Award last night at the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Scully, who got his start in broadcasting as an undergraduate at WFUV during the 1940s and is often called the dean of Fordham-trained sportscasters, retired last October after nearly seven decades as the voice of the Dodgers. He holds the record for the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single pro sports team. “That’s what you should do with a gift—share it,” said actor Bryan Cranston, who presented Scully with the award.

In a brief acceptance speech, Scully demonstrated the winsome, lyrical style that has endeared him to generations of sports fans. He reflected on his lifelong “love affair” with baseball and on the many accolades he has received.

“God gave us memories so we can have roses in December, and in the December of my years, I have collected so many roses and cherished each and every one of them,” he said. “And you give me a rose tonight to join my collection for all those years.”

Watch Scully’s acceptance speech:


Ryan Stellabotte is the Senior Editorial Director of FORDHAM magazine. He can be reached at 212-636-6537 or [email protected].