10/7/16 – Goodbye to Vin Scully and Dick Enberg
They were two men with an uncanny ability to connect with their audiences on a personal, familial level, but both are now sadly saying goodbye at the same time. During a season in which Dodgers legend Vin Scully is being enshrined across baseball everywhere, Padres commentator Dick Enberg will also be dropping the microphone.
What made these two men unique among broadcasters? They both possess Conceptual, Animate Brain Types, also known as the CA “Stork”. While Scully is a Left brain dominant #11 FCAL, Enberg is a Right brain dominant #9 FCAR. Enberg has broadcasted for nearly 60 years across a variety of sports, while Scully has stayed tried and true to his Dodgers for a whopping 67 years. He called his first Dodgers game, in fact, back in 1950 when Jackie Robinson (#9 FCAR) had broken the color barrier when he’d joined the Dodgers three years earlier.
Remember, as “Storks,” the CA Brain Types are gifted in speech (mouth) fluidity, as well as speech (mouth) control. As Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, these designs “usually pursue vocations that maximize their speaking or language skills, such as teaching, public speaking, singing, motivating, counseling, selling, writing, etc.” Boy did these two fellows maximize their inborn potential for more than half a century! Vin Scully was nicknamed a “poet-philosopher” for his in-depth, erudite communication that also conveyed warmth and feeling. “Scully has always exuded an aura of accessibility,” writes one author, “ready with a smile for a fan’s camera and an autograph, and imbued with an unaffected sense of humility.”
As for Enberg, Padres president and CEO Mike Dee says of him, “Every major sports moment, it seems his voice is a part of it. You felt like you knew him before you did, because he was so personal in the way he connected with the viewers and described the action.” And like Jon Niednagel’s late, longtime friend Vic Braden (#9), Dick won’t be sitting still anytime soon. “At 81, I want to continue to be creative, I think that keeps you young,” Enberg said. “Part of that process would be to go back and teach. … Everyday, you can count on the challenge of a raised hand.”
Written by: Staff
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