In the world of really sad news, broadcasting icon Dick Enberg has passed away at the age of 82. Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame broadcaster was most known for his call, “Oh my!” The man was amazing, If there was a major sporting event and a famous call, he made it. From the 1968 college basketball game known as the ‘Game of the Century’ between UCLA and Houston to Super Bowl XXIII Montana to Taylor to win the game in the final seconds, from Wimbledon to the 1979 NCAA College basketball championship between Michigan St. and Indiana St. and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that put college basketball on the map forever, Dick Enberg did it all. Enberg called 8 Super Bowls, the Olympics, the NFL, Tennis, Baseball, college basketball. He could call your kid’s 5th grade soccer game and make it sound like the most exciting sporting event ever. The man had a gift. Dick Enberg will be missed, he is the last of a dying breed of broadcasting icons. Rest in peace and OH MY, thank you for the memories!!!
Legendary sports broadcaster and former Padres play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg died Thursday morning at his La Jolla home, said his wife, Barbara. He was 82.
Barbara Enberg said the family found out later in the day after Dick Enberg failed to get off a flight in Boston, where they were scheduled to meet. She said her husband appeared to be waiting for a car that was set to shuttle him to San Diego International Airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight.
“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” she said. “We think it was a heart attack.”
Enberg defined versatility as a broadcaster, covering 28 Wimbledon tournaments, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA basketball title games as the play-by-play voice of the UCLA Bruins during their dynasty-building run.
Enberg was one of America’s most beloved sports broadcasters, with his versatile voice spanning the world on networks such as NBC, CBS and ESPN. In all, he covered 28 Wimbledons, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA men’s basketball title games, including the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird showdown in 1979.
His work was celebrated with a host of honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award (1995). He won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its media center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.
Most recently, Enberg had served as the primary play-by-play television voice of the San Diego Padres, retiring in 2016 after seven seasons with the team.
“Baseball,” he said then, “has been in my DNA from the time I was in diapers.”
The Padres released a statement Thursday night.
“We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg,” the statement read. “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. On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family.”