Dick Enberg the renouned sports broadcaster whose roots rose directly from Southern California died this morning in San Diego. His family said he died due to a heart attack as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. He was 82.
Enberg, a native of Mount Clemens, Michigan earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and later went onto graduate school at Indiana University. While in grad school, he broadcasted football and basketball games for the Hoosiers and called his first NCAA basketball final in 1961 between Cincinnati and Ohio State. `
Despite his success in the midwest, Enberg’s big break later came while teaching english and and coaching baseball at Cal State Northridge back when it was known as San Fernando Valley State University. A stroke of luck led to Enberg getting his break broadcasting UCLA basketball during the John Wooden era.
Since then his voice was heard in every major sporting event.
Enberg’s work included multiple Super Bowls, NCAA national championships, PGA events, Wimbledon, the Olympics and nationally televised major league baseball and NFL games on NBC. He was the voice for the Los Angeles Rams, California Angels, and most recently, the San Diego Padres before retiring in 2016.
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Written by Ethan Hanson
Sources: Los Angeles Times, Reuters, NFL.com