Dick Enberg, a former baseball coach and professor during the 1960s at then San Fernando Valley State College, received baseball’s greatest honor when he was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on July 26.
“‘Oh my’ has been an expression, a great friend of mine, for over 50 years of my career, and never have those two words expressed more personal joy than at this very moment,” Enberg said during his emotional induction speech.
Enberg inserted California State University, Northridge into his speech, noting that after his years teaching and coaching at the university, he was offered a job broadcasting for the California Angels, then in their fifth year of existence. That was the beginning of one of the most accomplished sports broadcasting careers, which has included Super Bowls, Wimbledons and World Series.
The new Hall of Famer still remains connected to CSUN, as he returned in January for a reunion of the 1965 baseball team, which won the first conference championship in the program’s history. Enberg recently welcomed to the San Diego booth CSUN Water Polo player Kiernan Davis, who is the recipient of the Dick Enberg Post-Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Davis plans to use the scholarship toward her Master’s in Public Administration at CSUN.
Though he is still quite famous for calling many different sports, baseball remains so special to Enberg, five decades after he coached the game at CSUN.
“I’ve tried them all, and baseball is the best announcer game,” Enberg said.