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Dick Enberg (1935-2017): An appreciation

By in Press Enterprise on December 22, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

No surprise, Dick Enberg left us with so much material — books, essays, plays, speeches, lectures and, of course, play-by-play calls preserved on audio and video.

With all that, it’s a bit humbling to come across a simple email he sent me in September, now a keepsake that serves as another example of how his pure joy and restless enthusiasm for his professional life always shined through, even as he was a year into his retirement from working for the San Diego Padres:

From: Dick Enberg (
Date: September 20, 2017 at 12:55:04 PM PDT
Subject: Catching up …


Couple things happening in my “graduation.” (I abhor the very thought of “retiring.”). I’m busier than EVER…

I’m writing a book on my relationship with my baseball idol, Ted Williams. I’m working on a new venture, a weekly podcast (can’t give specifics, yet), but my early lineup of guests is eye popping.)

And, I’m being inducted into the West Coast Boxing HOF at a LA event on Oct. 15. We also welcomed our second grandson, Tagg Packer, into this crazy world last Friday. Our daughter, Emily, came back from their home in Rwanda for the delivery. And we’re trying to finish a family retreat in McCall Idaho before the next snow hits.

Retirement? They gotta be kidding. Anyway, hope all is well.

Onward and Upward! DE.

The “new venture” was a podcast called “Sound of Success,” where he got to reunite with people in his life, to talk about life and their successes. Just a couple of days ago, he was explaining how it came about and what he wanted to achieve with it to the San Diego Union Tribune.

He was able to bank about a dozen of those episodes, his voice still so rich and inquisitive and his mind trying […]    

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