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Dick Enberg

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Richard Alan Enberg

Biographical Information[edit]

After graduating from Central Michigan University and earning his master's and doctorate at Indiana University, Dick Enberg was an assistant baseball coach and assistant professor at San Fernando Valley State College from 1961 to 1965. He was a broadcaster for the California Angels from 1969 to 1981 and called the 1982 World Series for NBC. Starting in 2010, he was a television broadcaster for the San Diego Padres; his final season in the job was in 2016.

Away from the diamond, Enberg worked for NBC for 25 years then moved to CBS in 2000. Over the years, he broadcast NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball, pro tennis, golf, and the Olympics. He was also known for his in-depth interviews with successful personalities from all corners of the sporting world.

In 2015, he was the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award given by the Hall of Fame. He has won equivalent awards for his football and basketball broadcasts. He died of a heart attack at his California home in December 2017; he was waiting for a car to drive him to the airport, where he was scheduled to join his wife and relatives in Boston, MA. The family only realized something was wrong when he failed to get off the flight in Boston.

Further Reading[edit]

  • A.J. Cassavell: "Hall of Fame broadcaster Enberg dies at 82", mlb.com, December 22, 2017. [1]
  • Bryce Miller: "Dick Enberg, broadcast legend, dies at 82", The San Diego Union Tribune, December 21, 2017. [2]
  • Bernie Wilson (Associated Press): "Enberg remembered for long career and 'Oh, my!' catchphrase", USA Today Sports, March 10, 2018. [3]