Anybody that has paid consideration to sports activities within the final 60 years has undoubtedly skilled the sight and sound of broadcasting icon Dick Enberg, who has coated nearly each sporting occasion in existence. Sadly, he and his voice, immediately recognizable for the catchphrases “Oh, my!” and “Contact ’em all,”are now not with us, as Enberg handed away on Thursday morning. He was 82 years outdated.
The stunning information of Dick Enberg’s demise was confirmed by his spouse Barbara Enberg. In keeping with the San Diego Union-Tribune, the household grew to become involved at any time when Enberg wasn’t on a flight that arrived in Boston, the place Barbara was set to satisfy up with him. The reason for demise has not been confirmed, however a coronary heart assault is suspected, as Enberg was present in his La Jolla, California dwelling together with his journey baggage packed and prepared by the door. He was apparently ready for a automobile to shuttle him to the airport when tragedy struck.
Dick Enberg’s demise may not be so stunning if he’d been residing the traditional lifetime of a retiree, however the man was nonetheless conserving busy inside the sports activities world in spite of everything these years because the host of the podcast Sounds of Success. Simply this week, he’d expressed curiosity in bringing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA great Magic Johnson to the present, amongst others. And he was really selling the podcast on Twitter within the time simply previous to his demise.
Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on February 28, 1935, Richard Alan Enberg sewed the seeds of his profession throughout his faculty years, the place he performed baseball for Central Michigan College and labored on the Saginaw, Michigan radio station WSAM. Later in Indiana, the place Enberg attended graduate faculty at graduate faculty for well being sciences, he grew to become the Indiana Hoosiers’ soccer and basketball play-by-play announcer, and commentated his first NCAA event in 1961. After doing a little educating and training within the early 1960s, Enberg moved to Los Angeles, the place his fame skyrocketed.
Sticking largely to radio broadcasting in these early L.A. years, Enberg known as one of the well-known basketball video games in historical past: the 1979 NCAA Championship contest between Magic Johnson’s Michigan State and Larry Hen’s Indiana State. His TV work presently confirmed off his internet hosting abilities on recreation reveals such because the appropriately themed Sports activities Problem and the short-lived collection Baffle and Three for the Cash.
That each one modified when Dick Enberg was employed on by NBC Sports, and from 1975-2000, he was a trusted voice (and face) when it got here to NFL video games, NBA games, MLB video games, NCAA video games (in a number of sports activities), U.S. Open occasions, Wimbledon matches, heavyweight boxing matches, and lots of extra high-profile competitions. Being a part of the NBC household, Enberg was additionally an enormous identify when it got here to Olympics coverage.
Within the post-2000 years, Dick Enberg’s profession took him to CBS and, later, ESPN, and his legacy as one in every of sports activities’ most trusted announcers remained robust, as he continued working many main championships within the golf and tennis worlds, in addition to in faculty basketball. In 2009, Enberg made his final main profession transfer by taking up TV play-by-play for San Diego Padres video games, a job he stored for 7 years earlier than his retirement in 2016. Fortunately, the world received to witness a very momentous assembly simply previous to his final recreation, when Enberg shared the announcer’s sales space with fellow broadcasting legend Vin Scully, who spent a whopping 67 years calling Los Angeles Dodgers video games.
Even in a world the place sports-talk grew to become as over-saturated as every other type of leisure, Dick Enberg stood out as a one in every of a sort expertise, and he can by no means get replaced. CinemaBlend sends our ideas and condolences to Enberg’s household and pals of their time of mourning.