Vin Scully Will be Rose Parade Grand Marshal

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Story and Photography By RACHEL YOUNG

8:37 am | September 5, 2013


Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, an icon in American sports history and “the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers” for 64 years, was named Grand Marshal of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade at a Tournament House press conference Wednesday morning.

On January 1, 2014, Scully will ride in the 125th Rose Parade, themed “Dreams Come True.” The Grand Marshal will also toss the coin before the 100th Rose Bowl Game that same day.

Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins made the announcement at a press conference and public event at Tournament House in Pasadena. In his remarks, Jenkins referred to Scully as being in a league of his own and literally the best in his field.

“Vin Scully is incredibly accomplished and yet still so down to earth,” said Jenkins. “His own life is one in which many dreams have come true and even more importantly, he has been at the microphone describing for listeners everywhere the dreams of others coming true. I couldn’t be happier that he
accepted my invitation to be the Grand Marshal. I know his fans everywhere are cheering right now.”

“I am deeply humbled and greatly honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 125th Rose Parade,” said Scully. “I look forward to sharing this wonderful moment with my wife, Sandi, and the millions who will be watching.”

Scully recently announced that he will return to the Dodger broadcast booth for an unprecedented 65th season in 2014.

“The 2014 theme is a reminder that not only is it possible to reach seemingly impossible goals, but that by boldly pursuing those goals, we have actually attained them,” said Jenkins. “Dreams have come true and continue to come true as a result of imagination, passion, creativity and hard work. And regardless of size or scope, dreams fuel the stories of our lives.”

Past Grand Marshals have included Dr. Jane Goodall (2013), Paula Deen (2011) Cloris Leachman (2009) and George Lucas (2007).