Hall of Fame Broadcaster Dick Enberg passes away


Enberg, a master at calling big events across the sports spectrum but who held a special love for baseball, died Thursday at 82. Enberg died at his San Diego, California-area home with his bags packed for a trip out east, the sports site reported. She said a heart attack is suspected as the cause of death, but that the family is awaiting official word from examiners.

Enberg's personal highlight reel included being the on-air personality for national broadcasts of Super Bowls, the Olympics, Wimbledon tennis championships, and college basketball's Final Four tournaments. 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. As the voice of generations of fans, Dick was a masterful storyteller, a consummate professional and a true gentleman.

Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed his death to The Associated Press.

Enberg also wrote a successful one-man, one-act play, "McGuire", on his basketball broadcasting partner at NBC, Al McGuire.

"You are one of my true heroes and one of the true greats of our business, Dick". John Ireland, the radio voice of the Lakers, lauded Enberg, writing, "If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller".

Dick Enberg was still active, calling San Diego Padres games from 2010-2016. Enberg called Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015. "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 almost a decade".

"All good announcers have a punch line", Enberg said in a 2009 interview with SVG.

"I'm especially honored to be talking to you", he said.

Enberg's humility and helpfulness extended back to his own formative days as a sports broadcaster in his native MI, where he leaped at the chance to rise from being a one-dollar-an-hour radio station custodian to calling play-by-play for local high school football games.

Enberg was the recipient of 13 Sports Emmy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"That was the platform from which college basketball's popularity was sent into the stratosphere", Enberg said, according to ESPN and other sources. The pressbox at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is named for him.