The Sports World Mourned The Passing Of Broadcasting Legend Dick Enberg

The Sports World Mourned The Passing Of Broadcasting Legend Dick Enberg

Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg died at age 82, his wife and daughter confirmed Thursday night, according to reports.

The family said it believes he may have died of a heart attack, but were still awaiting official word.

Enberg voiced games for NBC, CBS and ESPN and worked 10 Super Bowls, eight NCAA men's basketball title games and 28 Wimbledons.

Enberg is a 13-time Sports Emmy victor, has earned the lifetime achievement award, and has been selected to many Hall of Fames.

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Enberg also did play-by-play for baseball's California Angels and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. At one point in the extensive interview, Friendly paused to share his admiration for the legendary Enberg.

John Ireland, a sports broadcaster for U.S. radio, said Enberg was "a Mount Rushmore" of sports announcers.

Enberg retired a year ago from a six-decade career that included announcing everything from the National Football League and Olympics and MLB to tennis and boxing and golf.

"Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career", broadcaster Keith Olbermann said of Enberg on Twitter. He is survived by his wife Barbara Hedbring and six children - Alexander, Andrew, Nicole, Jennifer, and Ted. He also earned honors from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Scully was among the first to congratulate Enberg when it was announced three years ago that he had been chosen for induction into the broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2015 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Padres owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler said: "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 handled the January 1968 Houston-UCLA basketball game at the Astrodome, famously known as the "The Game of the Century".

"The '79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. That became a monumental event".

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