Sandra Scully, the wife of longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for 47 years, died on Sunday night from complications from ALS, the team announced. She was 76 years old.
Sandra was often with Vin on various occasions at Dodger Stadium through the years, most notably recently during the latter’s final weekend of home broadcasts in 2016.
After his final game at Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully addressed the crowd and then played a recording of the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” he recorded for his wife a few years earlier. Richard Sandomir at the New York Times talked to both about the moment:
“I know it’s amateur,” he told the fans as he introduced the song. “Do you mind listening?” As Sandi Scully listened to the song wash over the fans and the players, she recalled, “I wanted to cry. It was truly from his heart — first to me, and then to all of them.”
When Vin Scully was inducted into the Dodgers ring of honor in 2017, he credited his wife for helping adjust to retired life after 67 years calling games.
“Every minute that I look at Sandi in the house, I know I’m in the right spot in my life. It’s the right time, and the right place,” he said.
Before and after that ceremony, the pair were together, and you can see Vin light up when talking to his wife.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Sandi Scully, the loving wife of Vin and a dear member of the Dodger family,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Sandi was Vin’s biggest fan and was always there in loving support of him at Dodger Stadium until she began her battle with ALS. She was truly Vin’s and the Scully family’s rock, and she will be dearly missed.”
Sandra Scully has been dealing with ALS the last few years, the Dodgers said, and passed away Sunday night at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She leaves behind a family including Vin, six children, 21 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Donations can be made in Sandra Scully’s name to the Department of Neuromuscular Disease at UCLA/ALS Research.