Dick Enberg: Oh My!

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How did the most recognizable voice in broadcasting get his start? By asking for a mop. In this humorous, poignant, and well written autobiography, Dick Enberg shares the stories behind the voice of sports in America.

A tireless worker whose boyish enthusiasm for athletics has never diminished, Enberg first walked into a radio station in 1956 to apply for a janitorial position. He wound up on the air instead and a legend was created. In the half-century that Enberg has been in ...

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Overview

How did the most recognizable voice in broadcasting get his start? By asking for a mop. In this humorous, poignant, and well written autobiography, Dick Enberg shares the stories behind the voice of sports in America.

A tireless worker whose boyish enthusiasm for athletics has never diminished, Enberg first walked into a radio station in 1956 to apply for a janitorial position. He wound up on the air instead and a legend was created. In the half-century that Enberg has been in the sportscasting business he has called everything from the World Series to the Super Bowl. Traveling across the country and around the world, Enberg has called football games in weather so frigid that his coffee froze before he could drink it, been challenged to a fight by an irate baseball player, led the Notre Dame band in a rendition of “The 1812 Overture,” and been threatened with ejection at Wimbledon because he was shouting too loudly into his microphone. Those stories and hundreds more are told in Dick Enberg: Oh My! with wit and candor, as Enberg not only relives some of sports’ greatest moments, but takes readers into the booth and behind the camera. “Sportscasting is a kid’s dream come true,” he says, “which is one of the reasons that I keep doing it. I can’t let my dream go. I’m still in love with what I do.”

Called the most versatile sportscaster in America, the legendary Enberg takes readers into the booth and behind the camera in this candid autobiography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210055
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 690,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Enberg has been an announcer for almost every sport played in the U.S. He has won over a dozen Emmy Awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Jim Perry is a sportswriter, broadcaster, and former athletic director who has spent over forty years covering collegiate and professional sports. He first met Dick Enberg in the late 1960s and has followed his career ever since. He lives in Pasadena, California.

John McEnroe is a former pro tennis player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He has won seven Grand
Slam singles, nine doubles, and one mixed doubles title. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 A Time to Dream 2
Chapter 2 Coming to a Crossroads 26
Chapter 3 It's Like Watching an Accident 44
Chapter 4 Who Does This Guy Think He Is? 56
Chapter 5 The Bruin Ballet 72
Chapter 6 Game of the Day 90
Chapter 7 Tanana and Ryan and Two Days of Cryin' 104
Chapter 8 No One Wanted to Be the Star 126
Chapter 9 "No" Is a Good Answer 144
Chapter 10 Sisu 15
Chapter 11 On a Set Full of Stars 17
Chapter 12 The Press Box Elevator Was Frozen 17
Chapter 13 Breakfast at Wimbledon 19
Chapter 14 Too Close to Call 21
Chapter 15 The Most Cooperative Athletes in Sports 22
Chapter 16 The Kid 23
Afterword 24
Epilogue 25
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Oh My...What a Life!!!

    This book captures everything you need to know about the life of perhaps the greatest play-by-play sportscaster ever to hold a microphone. From his humble beginnings entering the sports world to his triumphant calls at Wimbledon and the Super Bowl, you feel like you're a part of his magical ride from the opening chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Dick Enberg and the fascinating people that have touched his life. His relationships with family and friends reveal many insights about what makes him a legend, both on and off the air. This would make a great gift for both sports fans and 'people' fans of all ages!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Great Person

    I have not read Dr. Enberg's book yet; however I took two classes from him while attending San Fernando Valley State College and he was an excellent teacher in heath education. He also did an outstanding job in broadcasting some of the SFVSC basketball games in which I participated. I plan to read the book because he is really a true success story and an inspiration to all students who took classes from him at SFVSC.

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