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San Diego -- On Tuesday, a longtime Tigers beat writer made the Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, a former Tiger joined him. An Armada Tiger, that is.

Dick Enberg, the legendary broadcaster who roared "Oh my!" for some of sports' signature moments, was named winner of the Ford C. Frick Award and will join the broadcasters' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

He'll be joined at the ceremonies by Tom Gage, The Detroit News beat writer for the Tigers since 1979.

"Baseball is part of my DNA," Enberg said. "I dreamed about playing right field for the Tigers. I was 18 when they signed Al Kaline, and he took my job."

Enberg, 79, was born in Mount Clemens, graduated from Armada in Macomb County, and went on to play baseball at Central Michigan University.

He's been the TV play-by-play voice of the Padres since 2010, and had previously spent a long tenure with the Angels.

He's most well-known for his work nationally on NBC Sports (1975-2000) and CBS Sports (2000-2010), covering a wide range of sports, including the major ones, as well as tennis, golf and horse racing. One of his most memorable assignments was broadcasting the 1982 World Series between the Cardinals and Brewers. He also was NBC's lead NFL announcer, as well as the voice of the Rose Bowl for nearly a decade before the game moved to ABC.

Enberg's broadcasting career began as an undergraduate at Central Michigan. He's gone on to win 14 Emmy Awards.

Enberg emerged as the Ford C. Frick winner from a large pool of candidates, which was narrowed to three -- including Ralph Kiner and Jack Quinlan. A 20-member committee made the final decision.

"His passion for the games -- and for the fans who follow them through his friendly-and-ardent style -- have made him one of sport's most recognizable voices," said Jeff Idelson, president of the Hall of Fame.

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