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LA City Council votes to name street to Dodger Stadium Vin Scully Ave

Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings
Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" song, which has become the unofficial anthem of baseball, during the seventh inning of the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings
The stretch of Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way will now be known as "Vin Scully Avenue."
Los Angeles City Council


The Los Angeles City Council has given final approval  to renaming the street leading to Dodger Stadium after longtime announcer Vin Scully.

The 13-0 decision Friday morning will officially change the name of Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way to "Vin Scully Avenue."

The Council heard from a number of upset residents of the Elysian Park and Echo Park neighborhoods before the vote, many of whom were frustrated over what they felt was a lack of community involvement.

"Everybody loves Vin Scully. He's a Los Angeles institution," said Ari Bessendorf, former president of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. "But the way that CD1 and Councilmember Cedillo has conducted outreach in this matter has been outrageous." 

"Not a single community group has been contacted," Bessendorf added. "The councilmember should be ashamed, ashamed at using the legacy of Vin Scully to blot out Elysian Park."

Echo Park resident Kathleen Murphy agreed.

"Elysian Park does not belong to the Dodgers," she said. "It was a total shock to hear that this name change was being proposed without including any of the residents who live [in] and enjoy the park."

Friday's vote confirms an earlier vote in October, when Council had similarly voted unanimously to change the name

Play-by-play announcer Vincent Edward “Vin” Scully, 88, has been with the team since its Brooklyn days. The team moved to L.A. and had its first season in Southern California in 1958.

The longtime announcer has announced he plans to retire at the end of this season, his 65th with the team.