Dick Enberg, Central Michigan's most famous alum, has won the prestigious Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Enberg joins a list of Frick winners that reads like a who's who of legendary broadcasters, including Ernie Harwell, Vin Scully and Jack Buck. Enberg is the 39th winner.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Enberg will be enshrined in the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame during a presentation July 25 in Cooperstown, New York.
"The Frick Award is the culmination of a privileged career," Enberg said Thursday. "It's an immense honor and thrill. Baseball is in my soul, DNA from parents who taught me the beauty of the game and how rich it is to embrace it."
Enberg was born in Mount Clemens and graduated from Armada High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from CMU in 1957 and embarked on a broadcasting career covering the gamut of sports, including the Olympics, the NFL, Major League Baseball, college basketball, the NBA, the U.S. Open golf tournament, and Wimbledon, among many others.
Among his many broadcasting credits are eight Super Bowls, and he has earned 13 Sports Emmy Awards as well as the Lifetime Achievement Emmy.
Enberg is in his fifth year as the television play-by-play voice of the San Diego Padres.