SAN DIEGO — Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster recognized as a lot for his excited calls of “Oh my!” as the large events he covered for the duration of a 60-year career, died Thursday. He was 82.
Enberg’s daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to The Linked Press. She stated the family became concerned when he did not arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his house in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.
His daughter mentioned the loved ones believes Enberg died of a heart attack but was awaiting official word.
“It’s extremely, very, quite shocking,” Vaz stated. “He’d been busy with two podcasts and was complete of power.”
Enberg got his large break with UCLA basketball and went on to contact Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games.
Enberg retired from his Tv job with the San Diego Padres in October 2016, capping a six-decade career punctuated with countless calls of “Oh my!” in describing a play that nearly defied description. He also was well-identified for his baseball catchphrase of “Touch ’em all!” for residence runs.
Raised in Armada, Michigan, Enberg’s very first radio job was in fact as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He produced $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began carrying out higher school and college football games.
In the course of his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, such as two by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.
He said the most historically crucial event he covered was “The Game of the Century,” Houston’s victory over UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.
“That was the platform from which college basketball’s reputation was sent into the stratosphere,” Enberg stated just prior to retiring from the Padres. “The ’79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everybody wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even larger. … UCLA, unbeaten Houston, unbeaten. And then the point that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to shed. That became a monumental occasion.”
Enberg’s many former broadcast partners included Merlin Olsen, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, Don Drysdale and Tony Gwynn. He even worked a handful of games with Wooden, whom he named “The greatest man I’ve ever known other than my personal father.” Enberg known as Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015.
John Ireland, the radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeted that “If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so considerably far more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he could not have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman.”
Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame, and UCLA named its Media Center in Pauley Pavilion right after Enberg this year.
“Kindest, most proactive attainable therapy of newcomers in this company, for the length of his profession,” broadcaster Keith Olbermann mentioned of Enberg on Twitter. “What a terrible loss.”
Published at Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:57:29 +0000