Dick Enberg, the legendary US sportscaster has been found dead at his home, he was 82-years-old. Enberg died on Thursday, family members confirmed.
The Hall of Fame broadcaster was known as much for his excited calls of “Oh my!” as the big events he covered during a 60-year career. Certainly a beloved face in sports, has certainly left a big void in this holiday season.
Renowned as one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time, Enberg worked for CBS Sports for 11 years prior to joining the Padres, most recently serving as a play-by-play voice for the network’s coverage of the NFL, college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. He also contributed to coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship broadcasts on CBS Sports.
Find out more in his top facts below.
#1 Enberg’s first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian
At the time, he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games.
#2 Dick got his big break with UCLA basketball
From UCLA basketball Enberg went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres ball games as well as Rams football games. During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.
#3 He retired from his TV job in 2016
He retired from his TV job with the Padres in October 2016, capping a six-decade career. Enberg called Padres games for seven seasons.
#4 He was well known for his catchphrase
Dick left us with countless calls of “Oh my!” in describing big plays. He also was well-known for his baseball catchphrase of “Touch ‘em all!” for home runs.
#5 He covered ‘The Game of the Century’
He said the most historically important event he covered was ‘The Game of the Century,’ Houston’s victory over UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.
#6 He received the Ford C Frick Award and numerous awards
Dick went into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 as the recipient of the Ford C Frick Award. He also won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its Media Center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.
#7 He was married twice
Dick was first married to Jeri Taylor –a producer and scriptwriter. The couple welcomed three children during their 10-year-marriage. They were together from 1963 until their divorce in 1973.
In his book, Dick Enberg: Oh My!, Enberg described meeting Jeri when she was a broadcasting student who looked like Audrey Hepburn. In the book, he also described his heavy work schedule had affected his marriage to Jeri.
In 1983 he married second and last wife, Barbara Hedbring after they met while working at NBC –with whom he also fathered three children. Barbara who now goes by Barbara Enberg is an interior decorator.
#8 He was the father of six children
From his first marriage, Dick fathered sons Alexander and Andrew and daughter, Jennifer.
Alexander Enberg born in April 5, 1972 is an actor and film producer. Andrew Enberg is also an actor and musician.
From his second marriage Enberg fathered son Ted Enberg and daughters, Nicole and Emily. Enberg. Ted is also a sportscaster.