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LA City Council names the road to Dodger Stadium after Vin Scully

File: Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings
File: Vin Scully the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning of a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 14, 2011,
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The Los Angeles City Council has voted to rename the street leading to Dodger Stadium after longtime announcer Vin Scully.

The 12-0 decision Friday morning directs the city engineer to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way to "Vin Scully Avenue."

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.

City Councilman Gil Cedillo praised Scully's broadcasting prowess, talking about what it was like listening to him when Cedillo was a kid.

"We couldn't always afford to go the games, but we had a little radio as all young boys and girls did during that time period, and while you may not have been able to afford the game, you could turn on the radio. And with that you could see the Dodgers — each and every pitch, each and every play, every background, who the players were, just amazing storytelling that is unparalleled," Cedillo said.

Scully has been an announcer for 66 seasons, but he recently said next season will be his last.

A parade of current and former players, including the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, legendary pitcher Orel Hershiser and current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts turned out to support the move.

What was your favorite Vin Scully moment? 

Whether narrating a Clayton Kershaw no-hitter, Kirk Gibson's historic World Series homerHank Aaron's record breaking 715th shot, or just keeping his audience entertained during slow moments, Scully has been synonymous with Dodgers baseball for generations of fans. 

KPCC All Things Considered Host Nick Roman was inspired to write about a few of his favorite moments here.

"Vin Scully Avenue," he writes, "is any street or boulevard or freeway I’m driving on when Dodger baseball is on the air."   

My favorite Scully moment on the air? It’s probably a thousand-way tie for first — but I’ll pick one that echoes back to something he did on the radio back in the Dodgers’ Coliseum days. Maybe you heard about the time Vinnie noticed it was umpire Frank Secory’s birthday. He told the listeners about it, and then figured maybe the fans with transistor radios at the Coliseum that day should wish Secory a happy birthday during the ballgame. He counted to three — and on three, “Happy Birthday Frank!” echoed across the Coliseum. It was social media before there was social media.

Now move ahead about a half-century to 2013 and the night Vin Scully decided it was time for another bit of fan appreciation during a ballgame.

Here’s what happened.

Video: Vin Scully goes viral

Somewhere in the vast expanse of the Internet that night was my #AJEllis hashtag — and probably yours, too. As Vinnie would say, the moment was “marvelous!”

Let us know your favorite Vin Scully moment in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

This story has been updated.