Dick Enberg, the legendary broadcaster who has called just about every major American sporting event, has died.
Dick Enberg was still active, calling San Diego Padres games from 2010-2016.
Most recently, he hosted the “Sound of Success” podcast, an episode of which was posted less than 24 hours ago with guest Andy Friendly, a longtime television executive.
Enberg was 82 years old.
BREAKING: Sportscaster Dick Enberg has died at age 82, daughter Nicole confirms to The Associated Press.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) December 22, 2017
Enberg started out doing football and basketball play-by-play for Indiana University, before taking the same position for UCLA men’s basketball from 1966-1977. During that same time period, he called Los Angeles Rams games. In the mid-70s, he launched a 25-year career at NBC, calling college basketball, MLB, NBA, NFL, Wimbledon, the Rose Bowl, Notre Dame football, the Breeders’ Cup, the Summer Olympics, and the PGA Tour, among other events.
He moved on to CBS in 2000, where he called NFL, college basketball, golf, and tennis. He worked events for ESPN later in his career, before taking over as the voice of the Padres.
Enberg captured 13 sports Emmy awards during his career. He is also enshrined in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, and has received awards from the Pro Football, Basketball, and National Baseball Halls of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
6 Final Fours ✅
8 Super Bowls ✅
9 Rose Bowls ✅
28 Wimbledons ✅
Ali Olympic torch lighting ✅
Magic’s NBA All Star game comeback ✅
The ‘85 Bears Super Bowl XX ✅
13 Sports Emmys ✅
1 Dick Enberg. #OhMy indeed
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) December 22, 2017
Enberg reportedly passed away suddenly, from what is suspected to be a heart attack. From ESPN:
Enberg’s daughter Nicole said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed for a trip to see his third grandchild for the first time. The family said it was awaiting official word on the cause of death but believed he had a heart attack.
Our thoughts go out to the Enberg family, and everyone who worked with him during his legendary 60-year career.