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6-8-2022  

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Vin Scully, who called Los Angeles Dodgers games for more than 65 years, died Tuesday at 94.Scully, a gifted orator and storyteller dubbed a "poet-philosopher of baseball," narrated many baseball moments during his 67 seasons as a broadcaster.

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Scully was a devout Catholic who sought to share his faith through kindness and philanthropy.Longtime parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village, California, Scully helped arrange Masses in Dodgers Stadium's media interview room.

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At least for one game, he sat with a portrait of Pope Francis. Scully was known for calling games alone, so the pope's silence was fitting.Scully was active in his church and community.

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 Despite being a private person who preferred to spend time with his family, he often let charities auction off lunch with him to raise money for good causes, such as Down syndrome. In 2020, he donated his baseball memorabilia to charity.

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Scully, a Mary devotee, recorded the rosary on two CDs in 2016. Sales benefited high school ministry Catholic Athletes for Christ. Ray McKenna, president and founder of Catholic Athletes for Christ, mourned Scully.

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Vin never said 'no' to charity. Whatever you need, he'd say. He supported our efforts to increase a Catholic presence in professional sports, including recording a Rosary CD in 2016 that helped advance CAC's mission. We'll miss him and treasure our friendship, said McKenna.

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Scully received the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Cardinal's Award in 2009 for being "selfless, self-effacing, and talented."He won a 2016 Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals Personal Achievement Award.

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