Scully will call Dodger games for 60th season in 2009

The voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers will return in 2009 for his 60th season broadcasting the team's games.

Vin Scully, 80, announced Friday that he would return for the 2009 season after getting clearance from his wife, Sandra.

"When you're on the road as much as we are, it's the loneliness of your wife that you consider," Scully told MLB.com. "But she said, 'It's been such a part of my life for so long, you might as well do it if you want to do it.' And I still enjoy it. I still feel like I'm happy to be here, I still get goosebumps with an exciting play. So, I told [Dodgers owner Frank McCourt] that I'll try it for another year."

Scully's current three-year contract expires after the 2008 season. He made no commitment beyond the 2009 season and will call all Dodgers home games and road games that are as far east as Colorado.

Scully, who has been broadcasting Dodger games since 1950, was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982 when he was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award.

The Dodger Stadium press box was named in his honor in 2001.