Update (5:42 PM EST): Here’s video of Scully receiving a call informing him of the news from press secretary Josh Earnest:
Hall of Fame broadcaster and voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully will be one of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider reports. Scully will receive the award from President Barack Obama at the White House on November 22.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom honors people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
The White House provided a short biography of Scully on its website:
Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.” In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.
Truly a well-deserved honor to Scully who is as much a part of baseball as the players.