Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg died at age 82, his wife and daughter confirmed Thursday night, according to reports. He graduated from Central Michigan University and went to pursue Masters and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University.
Of recent he had been the primary play-by-play television voice of the San Diego Padres baseball team, retiring in 2016 after seven seasons with the team.
During his time as a sportscaster Enberg has broadcast 43 seasons of the National Football League, 25 college basketball seasons, 14 NCAA Mens Basketball Championships, 10 Super Bowls, 9 Rose Bowls, 6 Orange Bowls, 4 Olympics, 7 Australian Opens, 23 French Opens, 26 Wimbledon championships, 10 U.S. Opens (Tennis), 7 Masters, 5 PGA Championships, 5 U.S. Opens (Golf), and many other sporting events. "As the voice of generations of fans, Dick was a masterful storyteller, a consummate professional and a true gentleman".
Enberg was honored with the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award.
Enberg did call one more game, matching the team he grew up rooting for, the Detroit Tigers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2017.
Enberg called the classic 1979 NCAA Championship game between Michigan State in a match up between MSU's Magic Johnson and Indiana State's Larry Bird.
Enberg handled the January 1968 Houston-UCLA basketball game at the Astrodome, famously known as the "The Game of the Century".
"That was the platform from which college basketball's popularity was sent into the stratosphere", Enberg said. "That became a monumental event", he added.