Legendary Sportscaster Dick Enberg Dies

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Famed sports broadcaster Dick Enberg has passed away at 82-years-old. The prominent commentator had called plays for a litany of championships across several different sports and was a mainstay in California.

On Dec. 21, Enberg reportedly died of a heart attack at his home in La Jolla, California. His family confirmed his passing the next day on Dec. 22 and released an official statement through attorney Dennis Coleman.

"At this time we are all still processing the significant loss, and we ask for prayers and respectful privacy in the immediate aftermath of such untimely news," the statement read, according to ESPN.

Enberg was raised near Detroit and attended college in Central Michigan and Indiana University. He began broadcasting after a stint as an assistant basketball coach at Cal State Northridge State, according to USA Today.

The prominent sports broadcaster had called plays for 10 NFL Super Bowls, eight NCAA basketball title games and 28 Wimbledons across several major networks, Sports Illustrated reports. His most famous phrase while calling games was, "Oh my!"

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He also won Emmy awards for sportscasting, writing and producing.

Enberg closed out his career by calling baseball games for the San Diego Padres until 2016. In 2011, the broadcaster said he wanted to retire gracefully.

"What's important to my future is that I can continue on my terms," Enberg said, according to USA Today. "At my age, the foot gets bigger that can kick you in the ass and you’re out the door. I’d rather close it gently myself."

The Padres released an official statement mourning Enberg's death, in which the team deemed Enberg "an institution in the industry for 60 years."

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"We were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade," the statement continued.

When news of Enberg's death broke, broadcasters took to social media to pay their respects, Sports Illustrated reports.

"Oh, my. What a loss," tweeted out Jon Wertheim. "Often as we overuse 'legend' in sports syntax, Dr. Dick Enberg qualifies...."

Darren Cahill deemed Enberg "[o]ne of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet," adding that he was "[a] total pro and legend of sports calling."

"He was a gentleman, master storyteller, passionate about education&service," tweeted Rece Davis. "A better person than broadcaster & he's a legend as a broadcaster."

"I first met Dick Enberg when I was in college, and had the honor and privilege of knowing him ever since," wrote Jay Bilas. "I grew up listening to Dick in Los Angeles, and had the great honor of working with him. He was the best of the best in every way."

Sources: ESPN, Sports IllustratedUSA Today  / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Image: Travis K. Mendoza/U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons, Patrick Gorski/USA Today

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