5.13: Dick Enberg on Chronicle Live
Greg Papa is joined on set with 16-time Emmy-award winning legend Dick Enberg.
A private conversation subject we have trailed. To have the hall of Famer studio howry mr. Graham find Greg and indeed those wolf serve to favor a little slow curve ball that allowed so for the speed up as bad line -- a double and a couple of runs and that's a game that the Padres should've won they kicked it away in the ninth inning it's the only game they've really yeah. Thrown a couple errors into the mix and and lost because of their own. Problems but it's been a terrific. Experience coming back to baseball until like a kid again. -- is this something you always wanted to do with 35 years and -- TV 25 and NBC ten blessed and CBS you've done everything in your career. Every big event but it seemed like -- really had a love affair with baseball that you wanted to go back you've not done it every -- baseball since the seventies right with a huge. -- right and that I did forty games in 85 but even that it takes is 25 years back and part of the problem Greg has been. Baseball is such an intimate personal game and it's a day to day to day game as you well know. That I don't have my library anymore don't you build up a library if you listened to Jon Miller and he says well. This reminds me of something that happened last month a year ago five years ago. I don't have that library so I'm hustling and working overtime to try to just get those books back and they're so that I can make those. So references and I sound terrific -- -- your love of the game is evidence which had -- back of the national pastime so what what other. Assignments are you gonna do you're still gonna do Wimbledon you're still limited the US tennis open is the French Open no longer know. Yeah they would not to and allow me to be release for the French Open it was a generous a concession on their part to say okay you can go to Wimbledon we don't. There's some tennis fans in the Padres front office said we would want to take you away from Wimbledon your part of the experience US open word negotiating now I'll do the Australian Open. And the French Open no and that's grounds for a divorce my wife's -- Franco -- if we have a daughter that's studying for master's in -- taught to find some other way for her to get to the city of flight how about the NFL prairie dogs with well yeah -- I hope not -- I'm I'm -- in that regard -- I would like to maintain some relationship with the NFL and but my attorney is negotiating now along with the US open maybe we can do in November December doubleheader games that CBS. Do for five games and I understand I couldn't ever get a prime game. But put me with a young analyst or with a young producer director if nothing else I think going to be a good mentor for them. Absolutely and your crew brilliant and everything you've done much for being who you are growing up in the seventies say your workout in the NFL was just. The very best maybe the best play by play on television we've heard the national football and I do want to ask you about. Coach Walsh because you did do his final game with a great Joe Montana last drive the John Taylor touched on a course to win the Super Bowl. And our coach retired right after that game he join you as a broadcaster NBC so tell me about your association with a guy that I love and miss to this day the great Bill Walsh. We -- miss -- and we worked three years a lot of people forget that Merlin Olsen had been my partner for all those years and then there was a change in administration it to NBC and they hired. Bill and -- If it was just such a fascinating created interest thing. Gentleman and on Friday night. Now we get together producer director in the two announcers to a bus we'd ever dinner. And bill would always come up with a subject to discuss second remember that at the time the Berlin Wall had gone Donny said. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah exhibited on Friday night and that was so we better spike is coffee because. He became so serious during the games on Sunday. That some of the folks that were watching said you know he's. He's not fun there is a little dry again I I had a chance at a college games with a on the when he was doing and associating with Stanford. And he would get so mad -- during the game because he's seen the formation like out of -- has not supposed to get paired with a he would verbalize it on the or did you notice the frustration level in him. When the play was not run right at the quarterback at the wrong rating was still coach of the game whether it was. One instance a Miami Dolphin game and I can't recall that the running back then it was Smith. They had a goal line third and goal one yard line he gets a hand out dives. And as he's hit mid air the balls jarred free he had didn't turn his body to protect the bully had a -- this way ball fumble in the -- some other team recovers Miami loses and then had happens again in the game fumbles again down on the goal line. And he went absolutely bananas. Walsh and what -- amounted to us I think would tore all the scabs off of them from all the games work is old players had fumbled it away he literally. Went -- handed the fact he'd he'd was so accusatory of this kid that it really I think -- I don't think you ever played well again half. Football was my favorite but batting a lot of people college basketball resonates with them with you with a great Jimmy the greatest trio. And broadcasting history when you have a good great coach McGuire. Well what Billy packer. And it seemed like every year UCLA was there in the finals of the course you always were close to Jon Wood in the program doing the -- games from 66 or 77 did you talk to coach wouldn't tell anyone how how Boise. -- now I talked to last month though when not to Sherman -- he still lives in the same apartment complex he'll be 100 years old on October 14. He's frail now on needs to be helped around physically but his mind is the sharpest ever you you couldn't find an Abraham Lincoln scholar that would -- -- -- -- with coach wouldn't. He's got every book ever written about Lincoln and he can still quote writes poetry. Charming -- could be he said you know the greatest American was Abraham Lincoln said but the greatest American that I ever met with Mother Teresa. And and then goes off and told you why. Now that my good luck Greg would you think back about how fortunate we are privileged we are to be doing what we are. It was to have been able due to rub shoulders with the greatness and the goodness John Wooden and the fact that in nine seasons I called the UCLA games. Those days we didn't have a second man no color man. Nine seasons eight national championships you'd be pretty good announcer. Elements under a star and a how much sports challenge don't have anything that great a game show the seven they should come out and all white suit with a nice so gorge -- took a look at a tie for. But I remembers a kid think it is a Joe DiMaggio would beyond their playing against Duke Snider was the Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers there was. Condo have a check and Bill Russell the Celtics up against. Willie may have -- that was. That was great what -- when you were doing that. We -- over a hundred shows. To I think that every great player every legend was on that show there isn't someone you could name that. -- didn't appear I think we paid 300 dollars a show a minute chump change today you couldn't get. That one of the current athletes two walk across the street for that. And and the beauty of it all was Swede taped three shows at one time which meant we had a fourteen games three on each team that's twelve stars we had to have three mystery guest that's three more fifteen and so there'd be fifteen all time greats I don't hang around out of the last show and we'd have a wide base and -- two in the green room. And and then the conversation would begin hey what happened pesky on that throw when slaughter scored from terrorist and Joe Louis talk and -- -- leaguers -- and Raymond Berry does talking. The two Ted Williams avenue it was just a fascinating time I wish that we would've said. TV cameras and a green room to tape I wish they would bring the show bat head legacy of Florida game as far as you can and 300 bucks won't get it then that we'll get plus the fact that the time. Baseball. That was an organized enough to charge you for the films NFL films that exist and so it would just garden collect fu films from the team. Side real quickly before -- -- you go is there any thing and look at the all the things you've done 42 and -- -- 26 Willis funny three French opens fourteen NCAA tournament. Is there any of that that is everybody contested on the planet mr. and very. That you've not done that she would like to do. But I did do hockey for one year in the old western hockey league for the LA blade so I went to the cow palace and did some games against the seals. And I would like to call the Stanley Cup game but basically I have done everything and I would like to do like I've always wanted to write Everett and a couple of books. And I've written a play about Al McGuire one man one act play about Al McGuire -- actor gets a standing ovation after every performance and I think that really has been mind fulfillment of all the things that I had ever wanted to do other than the fact that want to play right field for the Detroit Tigers and Al -- and took the job away from me. Value would have been better but I get a much better throwing -- -- would hit for -- early to -- -- that are just a great pleasure to have you come in studio drop by and share your stories with the Panthers to see again. Gregory in December and.