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“The one part of me that I think always comes through is I am a fan,” Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg once said.

“I really do get excited.”

Perhaps no one ever turned the channel to NBC, or CBS just to listen to Dick Enberg call a football game, a basketball game, a tennis match or to hear an essay about a golf tournament.

But many didn’t change the channel after listening to Enberg’s eloquence.

For many Dick Enberg was NBC, but all in all, he was a bit player happy to be there just to call the game, and not the star of the show a Costas a Howard Cosell. Costas perhaps didn’t do that intentionally, Cosell we know of course thought and had to be the star of the show. Jim Nantz from a top is the star of the show but still has some Dick Enberg in him.

Like Nantz, Enberg had staying power that is so subtle yet unique from a different generation of broadcasters from that golden-post war-60’s, middle-age by the 70’s and 80’s with the grand fatherly feel through much of the 90s and 2000’s.

Edberg spent 25 years at NBC sports and 12 years at CBS sports.

Enberg was still calling baseball games as of 2016, having called his last San Diego Padre game in September of 2016 as a member of the TV booth.

He was there for Wooden’s dynasty, well most of it, nine years and eight titles he was the voice of UCLA basketball.

He also was the radio and TV voice for the California Angels and Los Angeles Rams.

“He doesn’t have a big ego,” one NBC producer lamented about him in 2000.

And essentially that is how Dick Enberg endeared himself to millions of viewers.

Enberg of course was talented but his ego didn’t come blaring through the broadcast.

“I’ve always enjoyed the role of being a complementary player, ” Enberg said at the time as he was asked about his role when he joined CBS and would be in the background so to speak as he was placed into it’s golf coverage.

“The game is the thing. I’m always appalled at some announcers who think that people tune in to see them and not the event.”

Enberg is also from a generation of broadcaster’s who’s fans and audience remember him from entirely different eras.

Some remember him as the UCLA broadcaster, and the California Angels.

Under 35 years of age you might will remember him as the NBC broadcaster, perhaps on the NFL or NBA circuit. Some younger will remember his late contributions on CBS with Golf and Tennis and College Basketball, and yet others his final run through as the San Diego Padres TV guy in the later years of his life.

Still others may remember his days at the California Angels television guy.

“I can only do the best I can. I’m proud of my profession and I love what I do,” Enberg explained.

“Personal recognition is something I don’t take lightly, but I also don’t take it so seriously that my ego needs to be fed. The game is still the thing…”

A lot of course will remember his signature phrase, “Oh my”,  and although early on it may have come naturally, it then became his catch phrase. And as catch phrases go it was pretty tame and mostly enjoyed by viewers.

And “Oh My” Dick Enberg we enjoyed you.

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