SEVERE WX : Winter Storm Watch - Winter Storm Warning View Alerts

Dick Enberg, legendary sportscaster, dies

Sportscaster Dick Enberg, the celebrated and beloved announcer who for decades delivered play-by-play of major Americ...

Posted: Dec 23, 2017 2:22 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2017 2:22 PM

Sportscaster Dick Enberg, the celebrated and beloved announcer who for decades delivered play-by-play of major American sports, often with his "Oh My" catchphrase, has died, his family said. He was 82.

"TV sportscaster Richard Alan 'Dick' Enberg a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away yesterday," Enberg's attorney, Dennis Coleman, told CNN in a statement Friday on behalf of Enberg's family.

Enberg called the Padres before retiring

He was famous for his catchphrase, "Oh my!"

"The family is grateful for the kind thoughts and prayers of all of Dick's countless fans and dear friends," he said. "At this time we are all still processing the significant loss, and we ask for prayers and respectful privacy in the immediate aftermath of such untimely news."

Enberg called 42 NFL seasons, 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments, 15 NCAA basketball title games, 10 Super Bowls, nine Rose Bowls and the 1982 World Series, according to MLB.com. He won 14 Emmy awards and nine Sportscaster of the Year awards, and worked for NBC, CBS and ESPN.

"There will never be another Dick Enberg," said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. "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."

Enberg died Thursday morning at his home in San Diego's La Jolla neighborhood, his wife Barbara said, according to The San Diego Union Tribune. She is quoted as saying he didn't get off a flight in Boston, where they were to meet. She said Enberg appeared to have been awaiting a car to take him to the San Diego airport when he died.

"He was dressed with his bags packed at the door," she is quoted as saying. "We think it was a heart attack."

'We are immensely saddened'

Two years ago, Enberg won the Ford C. Frick Award, the baseball Hall of Fame honor for excellence in broadcasting. He also earned honors from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and last worked for baseball's San Diego Padres, retiring in 2016.

"We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg," Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and Managing Partner Peter Seidler said in a statement.

"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," they said. "On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family."

'Our hearts are heavy'

Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, in 1935, Enberg played college baseball at Central Michigan University, according to the Walk of Fame organization, and a student-athlete academic center at the school bears his name.

"Nobody carried their love for Central Michigan as far and wide and as Dick Enberg," associate vice president and athletics director Michael Alford said, according to a CMU Athletics tweet.

Enberg earned master's and doctorate degrees from Indiana University and voiced the first radio broadcast of the Little 500, the bicycle race featured in the film "Breaking Away," according to the Walk of Fame organization. For a time, he called Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football games.

"Our hearts are heavy today," Indiana University said in a tweet.

Enberg also did play-by-play for baseball's California Angels and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. He called UCLA Bruins basketball games during their string of NCAA titles in the '60s and '70s, led by Coach John Wooden.

He called the 1979 Final Four championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State. The game, won by Michigan State, is famous for the rivalry between top players, Michigan State's Magic Johnson and Indiana State's Larry Bird.

Enberg handled the January 1968 Houston-UCLA basketball game at the Astrodome, famously known as the "The Game of the Century." Houston ended UCLA's winning streak in what was the first regular season national broadcast in prime time.

"That was the platform from which college basketball's popularity was sent into the stratosphere," Enberg said, according to ESPN and other sources.

"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."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1193453

Reported Deaths: 40435
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1494607757
Kings1463837970
Suffolk1204162524
Nassau1081262508
Bronx1001685237
Westchester808691763
New York717083416
Erie494781333
Richmond427231359
Monroe42077730
Rockland30770805
Orange27472642
Onondaga26152511
Oneida15776326
Dutchess15489286
Albany15230245
Niagara11248229
Broome10457245
Saratoga844769
Schenectady8020114
Ulster7181179
Rensselaer6275100
Putnam606770
Chemung5359107
Chautauqua509146
Oswego455262
Ontario444576
Steuben4380130
Cayuga410363
Sullivan365448
Genesee345990
Wayne344850
Herkimer330345
St. Lawrence322855
Cattaraugus319959
Madison294274
Jefferson284119
Cortland253352
Livingston251034
Tompkins248422
Allegany225775
Columbia220366
Tioga210254
Montgomery198670
Wyoming193940
Clinton190013
Greene187347
Warren184635
Fulton184447
Orleans179865
Chenango161237
Otsego152221
Lewis134021
Washington133220
Seneca110444
Franklin10069
Delaware95116
Essex90016
Schoharie8185
Yates74516
Schuyler67410
Hamilton1431
Unassigned3595
Out of NY0162
Rome
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 28°
Binghamton
Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 23°
Rome
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 28°
Rome
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 28°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2021 Golfer's Paradise Card - 21 Courses for only $99.99
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve