Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack at his home in La Jolla, CA. He was 82.
The broadcasting great was unique in that he broadcasted at the highest levels for a wide variety of sports. He was on the mic for numerous, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Wimbledons, U.S. Opens in both golf and tennis, and Olympics — to name just a few.
His passing has touched the sports world — as he was a truly beloved figure. Here’s a sampling of the reaction from fans, broadcasters, and others:
Met Dick Enberg in his Angels’ booth as a 12 y-o dreamer & wannabe. I’ve learned from & admired his unmatched class & grace ever since… was immensely proud to call him an ESPN tennis colleague. Such sad news this morning. I’ll miss him deeply, especially while at Wimbledon
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 22, 2017
Heavy heart this morning. We’ve lost 1 of the greats in our industry. A man I was so very privileged to work with… dine with every NFL season Friday night… and happily take that toss “down to B-Squared on the field.”
Farewell, Dick Enberg.
Oh my… you will be missed.
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) December 22, 2017
In 1958, a man who was getting his doctorate in health sciences decided to take a job announcing Indiana basketball at $35 a game.
He went on to become one of the greatest broadcasters of all time.
Thank you, Dick Enberg. pic.twitter.com/JyXgktMGKB
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 22, 2017
Had the pleasure of working the pga with Dick Enberg. He was a snapshot of class, versatility, and the perfectly timed “Oh my!”
— Ernie Johnson (@TurnerSportsEJ) December 22, 2017
Dick Enberg was a sensitive man and humanized those he covered and by doing so took the viewer to places most PXP men never concerned themselves with in a telecast. He was just being himself, a warm human being that brought out only the best in those around him.No one was better!
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) December 22, 2017
How many hours did YOU spend watching Dick Enberg call games? Oh my, he was good! RIP https://t.co/V7GjY93R9E
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 22, 2017
When you grew up watching sports on TV in the 1980’s there were a handful of announcers who made the big games bigger. Dick Enberg was one of them. The childhood dream of becoming one of them was planted with every “Oh My!” RIP Mr. Enberg.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) December 22, 2017
If Dick Enberg was doing the game, you knew it was an important game. You also knew the TV audience was going to get a Hall of Fame effort from him. On behalf of Syracuse basketball we send condolences to the Enberg family. pic.twitter.com/418A0gGWtI
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) December 22, 2017
Dick Enberg, as good as it gets.
He cared about the game and the viewers. He elevated his partners. A perfect fit calling any sport .. and even better guy when you got to meet him. I will cherish our chats in Queens, Northern Michigan and at Wimbledon.
Prayers to his family.
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) December 22, 2017
dick enberg – oh my, what a loss.
we arrived in LA about the same time, 2 midwesterners, wide eyed and excited about opportunities.
he stayed the nice guy to the very end.
RIP, my friend.
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) December 22, 2017
I had the honor of interviewing Dick Enberg for a college basketball show I produced for MTV and CBS Sports. He was a rarity in the sports broadcasting world: smart, humble, charming and just a class act.
— Colby Hall (@colbyhall) December 22, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers are with Barbara & the Enberg family. Dick is an absolute icon in sports broadcasting & a better friend. He left a blueprint for living a happy & productive life! A legendary warm smile and "Oh My" will be missed!
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) December 22, 2017
Had the pleasure of getting to know Dick Enberg during my playing career which was only deepend during my time as a San Diego Padres owner. We lost a good one – a true gentleman #ohmy
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 22, 2017
R I P Dick Enberg
Pure Class in every way
— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) December 22, 2017
Will miss sound and words of Dick Enberg, the truest gentleman & my Hall Of Fame partner when I first got to tv; laughed with & learned from the best…A gifted storyteller who will forever narrate so many our favorite memories! #OhMy
— Phil Simms (@PhilSimmsQB) December 22, 2017
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