Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg dead at 82

Dick Enberg

Dick Enberg

Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame broadcaster has died. He announced San Diego Padres games from 2010 until just after the 2016 season.

"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", they said.

Enberg's wife, Barbara, confirmed her husband's death to USA TODAY Sports on Thursday night.

Enberg was a fixture in the Southern California sports landscape through the 1960s and 1970s.

Enberg worked for CBS, NBC and ESPN over the course of his almost 60-year career.

Enberg did call one more game, matching the team he grew up rooting for, the Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2017.


A report from ESPN noted Enberg received a number of honors for his work, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award and the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award.

"Nobody carried their love for Central Michigan as far and wide and as Dick Enberg", associate vice president and athletics director Michael Alford said, according to a CMU Athletics tweet.

Enberg was connected to Indiana having earned his masters and doctorate from Indiana University.

He was also the play-by-play announcer for Indiana Hoosiers football and basketball games from 1957-1961. Houston ended UCLA's winning streak in what was the first regular season national broadcast in prime time.

Enberg was the broadcaster on KTLA's telecasts of UCLA basketball games from 1966-77, a position he said "was absolutely responsible for NBC hiring me". "That became a monumental event", he added.

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