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San Diego's Dick Enberg Wins Frick Award For Baseball Broadcasting

Longtime sports announcer Dick Enberg is shown at the student-athlete academic center named in his honor at Central Michigan University, Oct. 12, 2007. The photo was provided by the college.
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Longtime sports announcer Dick Enberg is shown at the student-athlete academic center named in his honor at Central Michigan University, Oct. 12, 2007. The photo was provided by the college.

Padres announcer Dick Enberg has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

Baseball's Hall of Fame made the announcement on Wednesday at the winter meetings being held in San Diego.

Enberg has been calling Major League Baseball games in Southern California for nearly 20 seasons, split by stints as one of the most recognizable voices on NBC and CBS.

"Dick Enberg's unmistakable voice and remarkable enthusiasm for the national pastime during the `living room era' as voice of the California Angels from 1968-78 propelled his broadcast career into the national limelight, as his baseball foundation became a launching pad for other sports and national assignments," said Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall of Fame.

Enberg, who will be 80 next month, is the 39th winner of the Frick Award. The La Jolla resident joins honorees like Vin Scully, Harry Carey and Jack Buck. The award is determined by a 20-member committee of 16 recipients and four historians or columnists. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards presentation on July 25 in Cooperstown, New York.

Famed for his call of "Oh my!" Enberg was the voice of the California Angels from 1968-78 before shifting to commentating on a national level.

Enberg lives in San Diego and returned to baseball with the Padres in 2010. He is the second broadcaster with Padres ties to win the award. Radio play-by-play man Jerry Coleman was honored in 2005.

Besides the Padres, Angels and Wimbledon tennis, Enberg has served as play-by-play voice for the former Los Angeles Rams, UCLA, and network coverage of the NFL, college football and golf.

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