Dick Enberg, who calls Padres games on television and is known nationally for his coverage of Wimbledon tennis, was named Wednesday the winner of the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.
Enberg will receive the honor from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum during its induction weekend next July in Cooperstown, N.Y.
He’s the second broadcaster with Padres ties to win the award. Radio play-by-play man Jerry Coleman was honored in 2005.
“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.
“In the years since, his assignments with NBC Sports and now the San Diego Padres, his passion for the games — and for the fans who follow them through his friendly and ardent style — have made him one of sport’s most recognizable voices.”
The La Jolla resident is the 39th winner of the award, joining luminaries 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.
His signature phrase “Oh, my!” is instantly recognizable to sports fans.
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.
—City News Service