Mon. Aug 13th, 2018

Legendary Sportscaster Dick Enberg Passes Away at 82

Late last night, Dick Enberg’s wife Barbara confirmed Dick passed away Thursday morning in their LaJolla, CA home.

Well known for phrases such as “Oh My!” and “Touch ‘em all!” Enberg’s career spanned over the course of six decades. His lengthy sportscasting resume included tenures as the voice of the Angels, Padres, Rams, UCLA basketball, multiple Olympics, Final Fours, Super Bowls, Wimbledon and more.

Enberg retired from broadcasting in 2016, following seven seasons with the San Diego Padres to close out his 67 year career.

“Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade,” Padres owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler said in a statement. “On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family.”

Shortly before retiring from the Padres, Enberg reflected on his career and stated the most important event he covered was “The Game of the Century,” Houston defeating UCLA on January 20, 1968, snapping the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.

“That was the platform from which college basketball’s popularity was sent into the stratosphere,” Enberg said. “The ’79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time. That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. … UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.”

The outpouring of praise and admiration came from a variety of colleagues and celebrities, all of whom acknowledged Enberg as a legend in the industry.

“There will never be another Dick Enberg,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “As the voice of generations of fans, Dick was a masterful storyteller, a consummate professional and a true gentleman. He was one of the true legends of our business. His passion, energy, and love for the game will surely be missed.”

Fellow legendary journalist Tom Brokaw tweeted “Dick Enberg – oh my, what a loss. We arrived in LA about the same time, 2 midwesterners, wide eyed and excited about opportunities. He stayed the nice guy to the very end.  RIP, my friend.”

One of the greatest American sportscasters in TV and radio history, Dick Enberg died at the age of 82.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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