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December 10, 2014 - Dick Enberg, ASA Chairman and TV voice of the San Diego Padres, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The announcement came today during Baseball's annual Winter Meetings in San Diego, Calif.
Louis O. Schwartz, President of the American Sportscasters Association, after hearing the announcement stated, "Cheers to my good friend and colleague, Dick Enberg."
"The Baseball Hall of Fame will be much richer with the addition of a broadcasting giant like Dick Enberg in its Hall. Enberg epitomizes everything that's great in a sportscaster, voice, knowledge of the sport, intellect, humility, appearance and presentation. He has guided the ASA since 1984 as Chairman of the Board, which included as its board members other Frick Award winners Jack Brickhouse, Curt Gowdy and Jon Miller," concluded Schwartz.
In his more than 50 years as an announcer for NBC, CBS and ESPN, Enberg has broadcast a plethora of sports and events, including the NFL, NCAA Basketball, U.S. Open and Wimbledon Tennis, Masters Golf, and the Olympic Games. But it was baseball that was his first true love.
"Baseball is part of my DNA," said Enberg at a press conference following the announcement.
"This award takes me back to my youth and my dream of playing right field for the Tigers... It takes me back to the men that taught me how to broadcast a game, even though I didn't know that would be my role some day. The national announcers I heard as a kid, Red Barber and Mel Allen. Growing up in Michigan, it was Van Patrick as the voice of the Tigers. Then it was great Ernie Harwell...Other than the births of my six children, this is one of the greatest days of my life."
Enberg, the television play-by-play announcer for the Padres since 2010, spent 11 years as a radio and TV voice for the California Angels (1968-78, 1985). He was also part of NBC Sports’ baseball post-season coverage during the early stages of his 25-year tenure as a top announcer for the network.
His work has earned him countless awards and honors, including 14 Emmys, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award, the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award and five "Sportscaster of the Year" Awards from the American Sportscasters Association.
Enberg will receive his award on July 25, 2015, during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY.
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