Dick Enberg, one of sports' most versatile and enduring broadcasters, died Thursday at age 82. In total, Enberg worked 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA basketball title games.
San Diego Padres announcer Dick Enberg talks to the crowd during a ceremony held before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on September 29, 2016 in San Diego, California.
"We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg", Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and managing partner Peter Seidler said in a statement.
"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", Padres owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler said in a statement. "The entire Raider Nation sends heartfelt condolences to the Enberg family". Enberg died Thursday at his La Jolla home from a possible heart attack, his wife Barbara told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
He earned 13 Sports Emmy Awards, and was widely known for his catch phrase, "Oh my!"
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In a statement, Enberg's family said they were "grateful for the kind thoughts and prayers of all of Dick's countless fans and dear friends". The Associated Press noted that in his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles.
Enberg served as a broadcaster or anchor for just about every sport and sporting event imaginable over the last 60 years for NBC, CBS, ESPN, radio stations, and regional sports networks. According to Deadspin, "Enberg retired a year ago from a six-decade career that included announcing everything from the National Football League and Olympics and MLB to tennis and boxing and golf". Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more.
"That was the platform from which college basketball's popularity was sent into the stratosphere", Enberg said just before retiring from the Padres. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose.
He's also been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Basketball Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "That became a monumental event". He called the Summer Olympics, Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open, U.S. Open (tennis), the Rose Bowl, Notre Dame football, and also contributed to The Masters and PGA Championship.
An Enberg interview was published Thursday as part of his. "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".