Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Dick Enberg Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Dick Enberg Collection,
Creator: Enberg, Dick.
Inclusive dates: 1935-2009
Extent: Approximately 4 cubic feet (in 3 boxes, 5 Oversized folders)
Abstract:
The collection consists mainly of materials, photographs, notes and statistics, essays, and memorabilia, such as identity cards, pins, a towel, a blazer, and a baseball, generated by his career as a sportscaster.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#72287

Access Restrictions:

Dick Enberg Collection

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Dick Enberg Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by format, then alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Born on January 9, 1935 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, Dick Enberg earned a B.S. in physical education from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1957, and a master’s and doctoral degrees in health sciences from Indiana University.

His career began as a professional broadcaster in 1965 as the radio and TV play-by-play voice of Los Angeles Rams football, California Angels baseball and UCLA basketball. Since joining NBC in 1975, Enberg covered virtually every major Sports event including three Summer Olympics, Wimbledon and French Open tennis, U.S. Open and Ryder Cup golf and 20 years of NFL football. In 1994, he became the first announcer in history to call play-by-play on consecutive exclusive Super Bowl telecasts. Enberg called play-by-play action for eight Super Bowl telecasts. He also called play-by-play for the NBA All-Star Game, the World Series, and the NCAA Basketball Championships. Enberg hosted NBC’s coverage of Breeders’ Cup Day, the Word Championships of Track and Field, and the World Figure Skating Championships.

Enberg earned eight Emmy Awards, four for Outstanding Play-by-play Sports Personality, one for production, and three for writing. He was inducted into CMU’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the first no-letter winner so honored. On February 24, 1998 Enberg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1997 he was named Play-by-play Sportscaster of the year. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes papers, photographs, and artifacts, which are organized by format, size, title, and chronologically. Except for some of his photographs, Baby Book, and a student paper, all of the other materials in the collection were generated by his career. Among these are correspondence, photographs, awards, essays, play-by-play statistics and notes, broadcast related notes and statistics. Artifacts in the collection include: pins and identity cards, a plaque, a baseball, a towel, and a blazer. Particularly unusual to other manuscript collections are his oversized Basketball Broadcast Boards, 1992-1994, and undated, and Football Broadcast Boards, 1980-1996, and undated. These contain a wealth of information about the player’s personal and professional lives and dreams, and other broadcast related notes and essays, demonstrating his vast accumulation and knowledge of the athletes and sports.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Enberg, Dick.
    • Agassi, Andre,--1970-.
    • Indiana University.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association.
    • Olympic Summer Games (17th: 1992: Barcelona, Spain)
    • Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments--History.
    • U.S. Open (Golf Tournament)
    • Television broadcasting of sports.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Dick Enberg Collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Baby Book, born January 9, 1935, 1935
    Box   1 F   2
    Commentary, Australian Open (Tennis), Typed and Handwritten, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, Typed, from Gerald R. Ford re: Receipt of Dick Enberg Award, 2004
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, Typed, from Sid Collins, re: Quality of his Indiana University Football Broadcasts, 1959
    Box   1 F   5
    Essay, “Coach,” NCAA Final Four Basketball, Maryland vs. Indiana, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Essay, U.S. Open (Tennis), Handwritten, 2009
    Box   1 F   7
    Los Angeles Angels Play-by-play Record Book, Spring Training, 1971
    Box   1 F   8
    “My Personality and My Vocation,” Handwritten (copy), while a CMU student, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    “Olympics Sales Script,” NBC Promotional Materials for 1992 Barcelona Olympics, 1992
    Box   1 F   10
    Press Identity Cards and Pins, 1980, 1992, 1998, 2006-207, and undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Receipts (3) from Taft Broadcasting Co. for Play-by-play Announcing, for WTVN of NCAA Regional Tournament Basketball Games, March 17-18, 24-25, 1971
    Box   1 F   12
    “A Remembrance: Dick Enberg, 1997, Sportscaster of the Year, American Sportscaster Association,” April 23, 1998
    Box   1 F   13
    “Sunday Closing Essay,” Masters Golf Tournament, Last Year Arnold Palmer played, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Teleprompter Essay re: Andre Agassi’s Last Open, Tennis, Printed, Typed, and Handwritten Notes, 2006
    Box   1 F   15
    Wimbledon (Tennis), Notes, 2009
    Box   1 F   16
    Wimbledon (Tennis), Notepad, Loose Materials, Handwritten, 2009
    Box   2 F   1
    Essay, U.S. Open (Tennis), Handwritten, 2008
    Box   2 F   2
    French Open and Wimbledon (Tennis) Tournaments, Notebook, Loose Materials, 2004
    Box   2 F   3
    NCAA 1978 Far West Regional Basketball Tournament, University of New Mexico, includes various game notes and National Championship Folder, 1978, and undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Oversized flat box, Armada High School Golf Towel, with metal circle, undated
    Box   3 F   2
    Oversized flat box, Dark Blue Blazer with "CBS Sports" logo, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized folder, Basketball Broadcast Boards, 1992-1994, and undated
    F   2  
    Oversized folder, Football Broadcast Boards, 1980-1996, and undated
    F   3  
    Oversized folder, Photographs, 1957-2003, and undated
    F   4  
    Oversized folder, State of Michigan, Concurrent Resolution No. 51, 1989
    F   5  
    Oversized folder, Plaque, State of Michigan, Sports Hall of Fame, Dick Enberg, undated
    Box   4  
    Baseball in display box, "Dodger Stadium, L.A.-5, Detroit-4, Caught in press box, July 15, 1964" printed on ball in black ink, 1964