In this season of long goodbyes in baseball, we've overlooked one of great significance.Dick Enberg is wrapping up his seven-year run as the Padres' main television voice this weekend. His final home broadcast was Thursday night at Petco Park. His final season will conclude Sunday i
n Phoenix. MORE: Most disappointing players this yearWhile baseball is but one part of his sterling resume, Enberg's involvement in the sport at the major league level dates to the 1960s. That fragmented half-century isn't the 67 continuous years Vin Scully has spent with the Dodgers, but Enberg, 81, deserves recognition for his diamond work, too. Scully did his part during a pregame video salute Thursday night: "Dick has done every sport imaginable, and, more importantly, he has done them perfectly. I don't mean pretty good, or good, or very good, I mean perfectly," he said."Wherever I am, if your name comes up, I will say from my heart, 'As good as they come,'" Scully concluded. Scully knows of what he speaks. Enberg was the lead national voice on NFL, college basketball and Grand Slam tennis broadcasts for decades, primarily on NBC. He chronicled UCLA's men's basketball dynasty. Scully aced him out of a chance to add baseball to the collection in the 1980s — but Enberg has done just fine, thank you very much. In fact, he joined Scully in the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame last year.Imagine: Enberg and Scully (and the late Jerry Coleman in San Diego) were the main voices of baseball in Southern California at the same time. Both Enberg and Scully are still excellent at their craft. Both will leave the air Sunday. MORE: Don Orsillo to succeed EnbergEnberg's passion for baseball was evident Thursday. In his pregame address, he said to the crowd: "I hope you fans, and I know I'm speaking to the choir, don't ever turn your back on how beautiful this game is. It's the best game, it's the best announcer's game."He cheerily shared stories with broadcast partners Mark Grant and Mark Sweeney, and even got to work the third inning with his son Ted, who is doing broadcast work himself for Stanford athletics.Immediately after the final out of the Padres' 9-4 loss to the Dodgers, Enberg signed off succinctly, and humbly: "It's been a magical day and night for me, and thank you, everyone."After Sunday, it will be on to the next phase of Enberg's life. He wants to return to teaching — he was a college professor before switching to announcing full time. There are myriad other things he wants to do, and he'll take on those tasks with the same vigor he has brought to broadcasting. And when we hear about how well he's doing, we'll have to sit up and say, "Oh, my!"