Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg is dead at age 82.
Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg died at age 82, his wife and daughter confirmed Thursday night.
His family suspects he had a heart attack, but they're still waiting for an official assessment of how he died.
Enberg most recently called games for the San Diego Padres, but he has a long history in sports play-by-play. He covered 28 Wimbledons, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA basketball championships. He also called the Olympics, and he spent a good chunk of his early career as the voice behind John Wooden's UCLA basketball program.
After news of Enberg's death became public, sports broadcasters and journalists paid tribute to him on Twitter.
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
I first met Dick Enberg when I was in college, and had the honor and privilege of knowing him ever since. 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. RIP Dick Enberg. pic.twitter.com/LuTI1uV6TJ— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) December 22, 2017
Oh, my. What a loss. Often as we overuse "legend" in sports syntax, Dr. Dick Enberg qualifies....— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) December 22, 2017
Losing Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and Dick Enberg in the same week hurts. Two of the most decent people I've met in sports world. Rest In Peace.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) December 22, 2017
RIP Dick Enberg. One of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet. A total pro and legend of sports calling. I always felt honoured to sit next to him in the ESPN booth & his advice was genuine & priceless. Big hugs to all of his family & friends 😔 #OhMy— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) December 22, 2017
Saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Enberg. I got to know Dick through our work for the @CoSIDAAcadAA Hall of Fame . He was a gentleman, master storyteller, passionate about education&service. A better person than broadcaster & he’s a legend as a broadcaster. Prayers up.— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) December 22, 2017
For my age group there simply wasn’t a bigger, big game national voice than Dick Enberg. Mystical at Wimbledon with Bud Collins, big NFL voice with genteel Olsen, College hoop mediator with Packer/McGuire and more. Joyful delivery/love of sport like no other. #OhMy #RIP pic.twitter.com/udZg4qStdD— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) December 22, 2017
Dick Enberg, as good as it gets.— MikeTirico (@miketirico) December 22, 2017
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.
Dick Enberg is on the Mt Rushmore of Sports Broadcasters. An absolute legend. He did it all and he did it with joy. Enberg was the only person to win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer.— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) December 22, 2017
So saddened to hear the news of the passing of the legendary Dick Enberg. Had the pleasure to work with and interview him. A genius and genial storyteller of the best variety.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 22, 2017
RIP Dick Enberg. What an incredible career he had. Very sad news.— Arlo White (@arlowhite) December 22, 2017
Dick Enberg was the maestro of the greatest college basketball broadcast team ever assembled with Billy Packer and Al McGuire on NBC. They were entertaining, informative and simply a joy to listen to and to watch. RIP Dick. You will be missed.— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) December 22, 2017
Heartbroken over the passing of Dick Enberg. I grew up listening & wishing he’d one day call my Wimbledon match & instead the dream played out a bit different—I was blessed & honored to work alongside the legend. A one of a kind talent w/the biggest❤️#ohmy will you be missed pic.twitter.com/4yZQHdDdYg— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) December 22, 2017
First met Dick Enberg '96 @NBCOlympics. NBC had a rooftop lounge at our hotel. I nervously introduced myself. He invited me to join him for breakfast. He immediately became a mentor to me. Always enjoyed when our paths' crossed. He was a true gentleman and a great broadcaster.— Bob Papa (@BobPapa_NFL) December 22, 2017
UCLA recently named its media center in the Pauley Pavilion after Enberg.