Friday, January 9, 2015

Oh My, Happy Baseball Birthday Dick Enberg!

Today we say Happy Baseball Birthday to Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Dick Enberg.

Enberg is the 2015 recipient of the Ford Frick Award, and will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

Richard Allen "Dick" Enberg was born on January 9, 1935, in Mount Clemens,  Michigan,  attended and played college baseball at Central Michigan University, and attended graduate school at Indiana University. 

Dick Enberg was the voice of UCLA basketball for 9 years, and called 8 championship seasons of Bruins basketball under legendary coach John Wooden.

Growing up in the late 1960s and 1970s Dick Enberg was just about everywhere on my tv, from college basketball, football, and the wonderful sports trivia show Sports Challenge. 

The great part of the show was having two famous teams, such as the old Brooklyn Dodgers vs. their old nemesis, the New York Yankees,  or the National League All-Stars vs. the American League All-Stars.

Dick Enberg has done it all in sports, including calling California Angels baseballl games between 1968-78, the NFL, and many great college basketball games, including the famous Houston-UCLA match up in 1968, calling Notre Dame basketball ending UCLA'S 88 game winning streak, and Magic Johnson's led Michigan State's 1979 National Championship over Larfy Burd and Indiana State.

Enberg called many Rose Bowl games, including Michigan's 23-6 victory over Washington in the 1981 Rose Bowl,  the first bowl win for the Wolverines head coach Bo Schembechler.

Dick Enberg has called tennis, golf, the Olympics, baseball, boxing,  football, and will continue his baseball broadcasts this year by doing 40 play by play games for the San Diego Padres.

Happy Baseball Birthday Dick Enberg!


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