LOS ANGELES (KABC) --"I have been privileged to share in your passion and love for this great game."
Vin Scully has penned a heartfelt letter to fans as he prepares to close out a glorious 67-year career.
The letter is going out to 50,000 fans at Friday's "Vin Scully Appreciation Day" at Dodger Stadium.
In it, he recalls first falling in love with baseball as a boy passing a window in New York to watch the World Series between the Yankees and the then-New York Giants on Oct. 2, 1936.
Exactly 80 years to the day, he'll retire with a broadcast of the Dodgers season-ending matchup against the Giants in San Francisco.
More giveaways are planned for Scully's final two games at Dodger Stadium this weekend. On Saturday, the first 50,000 fans will get a limited-edition Scully coin and on Sunday, the first 50,000 will get a special commemorative edition of Dodger Insider magazine.
His 67 seasons with the Dodgers - starting in Brooklyn - make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with a single team in any sport.
"You were simply always there for me," Scully wrote. "I have always felt that I needed you more than you needed me and that holds true to this very day."