Dick Enberg, Broadcast Legend, Dies At 82

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg died Thursday morning at his La Jolla home, his wife, Barbara, told the Union-Tribune.

He was 82.

Barbara Enberg said the family found out later in the day when Dick failed to get off a flight in Boston, where they were scheduled to meet. She said her husband appeared to be waiting for a car that was set to shuttle him to the San Diego airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight.

“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” she said. “We think it was a heart attack.”

Enberg was one of America's most beloved sports voices, with his play-by-play calls touching events like the Super Bowl and Wimbledon, as well as appearing on networks like NBC, CBS and ESPN.

His work was celebrated in a host of honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award (1995).

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.

"Baseball," he said then, "has been in my DNA from the time I was diapers."

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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