Dick Enberg, a legendary sports broadcaster who worked on hundreds of sporting events from the Super Bowl to the Olympics, was found dead Thursday at his Southern California home. She said Enberg appeared to have been awaiting a auto to take him to the San Diego airport when he died. His bags were packed and it is believed he died of a heart attack, though no cause of death has been determined. Enberg received the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting, in 2015.
Enberg's voice was famous and generations of sports fans grew up listening to it.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg has died at age 82, daughter Nicole confirms to The Associated Press.
Although it was not a sport he covered regularly, Enberg had a lead role in one of Thoroughbred racing's benchmark broadcasts: On Nov. 10, 1984, he co-hosted the very first Breeders' Cup on NBC. Enberg would continue to refer to the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden as, "The greatest man I've ever known other than my own father".
Most recently, Enberg had worked for the San Diego Padres for seven seasons as the team's primary play-by-play television voice.
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As Enberg recalled in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune just three months prior to his passing, the NBC team compensated by over-preparing, but a number of those planned segments went unused when the drama and spirit of racing's first championships ended up carrying the broadcast.
Few sports announcers had as diversified a career as the legendary Dick Enberg. He was one of the true legends of our business.
"I'm especially honored to be talking to you", he said.
Enberg's catchphrases included "Touch 'em all!" for home runs, and "Oh my!" when he was amazed by a play (if you're an athlete and got an "Oh my!" from Dick Enberg, that's definitely a special moment in your career). "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".
Enberg's humility and helpfulness extended back to his own formative days as a sports broadcaster in his native MI, where he leaped at the chance to rise from being a one-dollar-an-hour radio station custodian to calling play-by-play for local high school football games. The broadcaster for the San Diego Padres, he was also the unofficial voice of Wimbledon, covering 28 events at the All-England Tennis and Lawn Club. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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