Two beloved hall of fame broadcasters are saying farewell to baseball as the 2016 season concludes. All of baseball is aware of the legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully, as well as Dick Enberg, the 81-year-old former voice of the San Diego Padres.
For Enberg, both Thursday’s final home game and Sunday’s season finale were emotional moments. the legend spent fifty-one years of his life as a sports broadcaster, touching so many lives through his eloquent style all along the way. His final stop, Fox Sports San Diego, was a fitting place to end a spectacular career, as baseball is Enberg’s true passion. Now, the legend is on his way to full retirement, saying farewell to broadcasting.
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Enberg’s final broadcast was just like all of his others, as it was downright brilliant. On Thursday, he called his last game at home, and was recognized prior to the home finale on the field in front of thousands of appreciative fans who have been touched by the games he has called in past seasons.
As the announcer of ten Super Bowls, nine Rose Bowls, and fifteen NCAA basketball championship games, Enberg has enjoyed a long and prosperous career. Now that he has decided to take a step away from doing what he loves, the legend is prepared to turn the page.
“I’m going to make the transition to being a fan,” Enberg commented when asked what his future plans are. “I actually like being a fan. And as I think about it now, that’s what I’ve been for 60 years — a fan that has a voice. And, hopefully, I’m speaking to the fans, and they enjoy the experience a bit more, because I’m helping to point out the hues and shades and rhythm of sport.”
The 81-year-old has stepped aside from broadcasting, but from little else. Enberg says that he will still watch Padres games as well as other major sports events, just from a bit of a different perspective.
While Enberg is now gone from the broadcast booth forever, his legacy will live on for years to come. Petco Park’s booth has now been titled “The Dick Enberg Broadcast Booth” in his honor. As for fans who have heard the Ford C. Frick Award winning broadcaster call a game, his legacy will live on inside of them forever as well. Enberg was one of the best ever, and transformed the way sports are now seen and heard forever.