SanDiegoUnionTribuneLegendary sports broadcaster and former Padres play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg died Thursday morning at his La Jolla home, said his wife, Barbara. He was 82. Barbara Enberg said the family found out later in the day after Dick Enberg failed to get off a flight in Boston, where they were scheduled to meet. She said her husband appeared to be waiting for a car that was set to shuttle him to San Diego International Airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight. “He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” she said. “We think it was a heart attack.” Enberg defined versatility as a broadcaster, covering 28 Wimbledon tournaments, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA basketball title games as the play-by-play voice of the UCLA Bruins during their dynasty-building run. Enberg’s talented voice was paired with relentless preparation and a zest for telling the stories behind a generation’s biggest games. He cared as much about calling a water polo match as a rising star in Los Angeles as the Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, Olympics and Breeders’ Cup spotlights that followed. His last full-time role came as the TV voice of the Padres. He retired after the 2016 season.
It is a sad day for any sports fan, as we wake up to the news that sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg has passed away suddenly at the age of 82, and the Sports world is mourning today. Dick Enberg’s wife and family were surprised when he did not get off of a flight in Boston, where they were supposed to meet, and later discovered that he had passed away of an apparent heart attack in his San Diego home while waiting for the airport shuttle. Dick Enberg had a golden voice, he is arguably the greatest play-by-play man of all-time, and his voice will live on forever as Enberg called some of the most memorable moments in sports history.
I literally just heard a commercial for Dick Enberg’s new podcast yesterday, where he was going to interview legends of the sports world, and thought how excited I was to listen to it.
Rest In Peace Dick Enberg, a true legend, our thoughts are with your family at this time.