Jerry Doggett, who has broadcast Dodger games for 32 seasons in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, announced his retirement on Sunday, effective at the end of this season.
Doggett, 71, said he has considered retiring for several years before recently making the decision. The longtime Fullerton resident said he will eventually move to San Jose, where his daughter lives.
"I talked it over with my wife, and we decided that 50 years is enough," Doggett said after Sunday's game between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. "I've (called) more than 5,000 major league games, plus about 2,500 in the minor leagues."
Doggett began his broadcasting career in 1938 in Longview, Tex., where he announced minor league baseball and high school sports. Doggett said the first baseball game he called was a major league exhibition game in the spring of 1939. Connie Mack managed one of the teams.