Longtime sports broadcaster Dick Enberg dies at 82

Dick Enberg

Beloved broadcaster Dick Enberg, who called the first seven editions of the Breeders' Cup, died December 21 at his home in La Jolla, Calif.

Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

According to Miller, Barbara Enberg said her family learned of the death when Dick Enberg did not get off a flight in Boston when they were supposed to meet.

Enberg was found dead at his home in La Jolla. He broke onto the national scene with a series of game shows and joined NBC, where he called eight Super Bowls, Major League Baseball games and Wimbledon for the network.

Enberg returned to his San Diego home to call Padres games for seven years before retiring from full-time announcing in 2016.

Over the next several decades, the Armada, Michigan native would rise to fame for his play-by-play commentary for basketball, baseball, football and tennis. During his tenure he called almost every sport under the sun: pro football, college basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, Olympics, Rose Bowls and Super Bowls and Breeders' Cup horse racing.

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".

"It's very, very, very shocking", said Vaz, who lives in Boston.

"Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career", broadcaster Keith Olbermann said of Enberg on Twitter. "Oh, my. So it's been a good friend of mine that I've used when I can't think of anything else to say".

He won a slew of sportscaster of the year awards and 13 Sports Emmy Awards, and he is the only sportscaster to win Emmys in three categories (broadcasting, writing and producing). The pressbox at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion is named for him. That trio called the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird NCAA title game in 1979. "He said the January 20, 1968, Houston-UCLA game, dubbed "The Game of the Century", in which the Bruins" 47-game winning streak was snapped in front of 52,693 fans at the Astrodome, was the most historically important event he covered. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. He is survived by his wife, five children and three grandchildren. "That became a monumental event".

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