“Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose ‘Oh my!’ calls rang familiar with so many sports fans, has died, his wife and daughter confirmed Thursday night,” reports ESPN. Enberg would have been 83 on Jan. 9th.
The story adds, “Enberg’s daughter Nicole said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed for a trip to see his third grandchild for the first time. The family said it was awaiting official word on the cause of death but believed he had a heart attack.”
The Los Angeles Times writes, “Long recognized as one of the most versatile and enthusiastic sports announcer of his era, Enberg did it all: major league baseball, college and pro football, college basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, Olympics, Rose Bowls and Super Bowls, Breeders’ Cup horse racing — earning a trophy case full of Emmys, awards from the pro football, basketball and baseball halls of fame, niches in several broadcasting halls of fame and other assorted honors.”
The Times also notes that in the mid-1960’s Enberg “became the radio announcer for the Los Angeles Rams, and began working UCLA telecasts during the Bruins’ John Wooden-Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) glory years.
Then it was on to a decade-long association with the Angels, until NBC called. There, he, McGuire and Packer formed an unforgettable NCAA tournament trio…”
While Enberg was broadcasting for some of the Los Angeles teams, sports fans in that city also had the privilege of hearing Vin Scully broadcast Dodgers games, Chick Hearn broadcast Lakers contests, and Bob Miller broadcast Kings hockey games.
ESPN says that “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.”
Here’s Enberg speaking at the memorial service for famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden in 2010 (courtesy YouTube):