Longtime sports broadcaster Dick Enberg dies at 82

Legendary play-by-play man Dick Enberg- one of the most famous voices in sports history- has died his family confirmed. He was 82

Enberg's voice dominated sports for 50 years, stretching from his start as a local sports broadcaster in Los Angeles, including time calling UCLA men's basketball, until his final full-time sports role as the main play-by-play voice of the San Diego Padres from which he retired in 2016.

I first met Dick Enberg when I was in college, and had the honor and privilege of knowing him ever since.

Whether it was college basketball, major league baseball, tennis, college and pro football, boxing, golf or the Olympics, Enberg was smooth, thoughtful and knowledgeable - a ideal host who helped his color analysts shine, one with none of the look-at-me, look-at-me antics of some current announcers.

The sports figure he admired above all was Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden - another former teacher - whose UCLA teams won 10 national championships. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco's Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014. Enberg said the most historically important event he covered was "The Game of the Century", Houston's and Elvin Hayes's victory over UCLA and Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1968 that snapped the Bruins' 47-game winning streak. "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 ... Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. "That became a monumental event".

After arriving at IU, Enberg was the first announcer on the IU Sports Network from 1957 to 1961. "Definition of a gentleman".

Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.

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.

Throughout his career, Mr. Enberg approached broadcasting as if he were preparing for class, spending hours in research before each game. "I grew up with a mother who said, 'oh my, ' a lot, usually in dismay, 'Oh my, now what have you done?' But it's a Midwestern term of exclamation. What a bad loss", Olbermann wrote. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Barbara Almori of San Diego; two sons from his first marriage; three children from his second marriage; and three grandchildren.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said flowers will be placed on Friday on Enberg's star on the Walk of Fame.

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