Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg retired last fall, not that too many people really noticed. The baseball world was too busy celebrating Vin Scully to properly say goodbye to Enberg, and college sports fans have been distracted by bidding farewell to Verne Lundquist and Brent Musberger.

But during Thursday’s game between UCLA and Oregon, the crowd at Pauley Pavilion got a chance to recognize Enberg’s brilliant career in a halftime ceremony that featured former Bruins superstar and current ESPN analyst Bill Walton, as well as ex-Bruin Jamaal Wilkes. Enberg got a framed jersey with his name on it and a rousing ovation from the fans, who wore shirts with his “Oh My” catchphrase printed on them.

There was certainly something poetic about Enberg being honored at UCLA at the end of his career. More than 50 years ago, the Michigan native got one of his first big breaks when he was hired to call Bruins games for KTLA in Los Angeles. He spent a decade as the voice of UCLA basketball, narrating the dominant John Wooden-coached Bruins teams of Walton and Lew Alcindor.

Enberg was then hired at NBC and later made his way to CBS and ESPN, before winding down his career as the voice of the San Diego Padres back in Southern California. Along the way, he called Super Bowls, Final Fours, World Series and Wimbledons.

After Thursday’s Oregon-UCLA game was over, Walton bragged that Enberg had signed his “Oh My” shirt.

Pretty cool.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for MLB.com, SI.com, the Hartford Courant, Baseball Prospectus, Land of 10, VICE Sports and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.

  • newsknine

    Dick Enberg is one of the great voices, and he deserves a place alongside Scully and above Vern and Brent (sorry guys). Among other things, he midwifed perhaps the greatest announce team in TV history, himself, Billy Packer and Al Macquire, on NBC’s college basketball package in the late ’70s. And he teamed with Don Drysdale and Dave Neuhaus on Angels baseball in the ’60s. His superb calls of such NFL classics as “the Drive’ will stay with me a long time. Very underrated by today’s sporting media, but a true great. Congrats Dick. You are missed.

  • BD

    When Enberg called the UCLA home games in the 60s, they were generally not shown live, but replayed at 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays. As a young fan I would stay up and watch those great teams romp over opponents to a lot of “oh mys.”

  • Stuie299

    To me he will always first and foremost be a tennis broadcaster.

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