Dick Enberg: Sports world mourns loss of legendary broadcaster

By The Sports Xchange
Longtime television sports broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away at the age of 82. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Longtime television sports broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away at the age of 82. File photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

The reaction is pouring in Friday, one day after news broke about the death of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.

And the reaction of one person probably rates as a triple version of "Oh my!" -- which was Enberg's signature call.


"To me, Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster who ever lived and will never be emulated," legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully said in a statement released by the Los Angeles Dodgers. "He was a very dear friend of mine. He had my respect, admiration and my friendship. He will be sorely missed."

There can't be any higher praise than Vin Scully terming a person as the greatest all-time at his craft. But plenty of others chimed in which their respects for the broadcaster known for his stellar play-by-play of baseball, football, basketball and tennis, among other things.


Enberg, who died at age 82 in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, completed his career as voice of the San Diego Padres in 2016.

Here is more reaction:

Los Angeles Kings announcer Bob Miller. "He was so versatile. He did all kinds of sports. I only did one. He did everything."

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim: "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."

Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson: "Rest in peace to my mentor, friend, and Hall of Famer Dick Enberg."

NBC News legend Tom Brokaw: "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."

Former NFL quarterback and CBS commentator Phil Simms: "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"


CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson: "Woke up to the news that my former colleague Dick Enberg passed away last night. What a joy he was to work with. Always so eloquent with his words. Spent many US Opens and Final Fours together. My sympathy goes out to his family at this time. RIP #dickenberg"

Tennis legend Billie Jean King: "Saddened to hear of the death of my friend, Dick Enberg. A consummate professional & titan of the broadcasting world, Dick loved tennis & called an incredible 28 @Wimbledon championships. I was so honored that he chose me as 1st guest on his #SoundofSuccess show. I'll miss you."

Tennis legend and broadcaster Chris Evert: "RIP to someone who I felt honored to work with and considered a friend.. Dick Enberg. Will miss him dearly."

Broadcaster Mike Tirico: "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."


Former sports broadcaster Keith Olbermann: "Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career. What a terrible loss"

ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler: "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"

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas: "RIP Dick Enberg, a legend, a mentor and a friend. I first met Dick in 1985, and later had the honor of working alongside him. He was a treasure. I'm so grateful to have known such a wonderful person."

ESPN studio host Hannah Storm: "Just received Dick Enberg's Christmas card yesterday. Above all else he loved family...sports & broadcasting was a very close second. I'll remember him for his kindness, class, enthusiasm & timeless talent. He was truly one of a kind and ... Oh My....he will be missed."

San Diego Padres announcer Ted Leitner: "So sad at the passing of our beloved Dick Enberg. Known some terrific broadcasters and he was among the true greats. Honored to have called him friend & to have had our time together with the #padres. Will miss you Professor."


Padres color commentator and former big-league pitcher Mark Grant: "My heart aches tonight to hear of the passing of my friend, and former partner, Dick Enberg. A true professional. One of the best ever. He was a true gentleman. It was an honor to sit next to him for 7 years. RIP Dick. I will miss you. He always told me, "Love ya. Mean it!"

Former Padres reporter Kelly Crull: "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 (heart) #ohmy will you be missed"

John Bonamego, football coach at Central Michigan (Enberg's alma mater): "Today we mourn the loss of one of our all time great Chips. #Proud2BaChippewa Dick Enberg will be making the call today from the best seat in the house. God Bless you, RIP, and #fireupforever"

Los Angeles sportscaster John Ireland: "If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he couldn't have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman. RIP."


Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza: "Very Sad to hear of the passing of Dick Enberg, he was an Icon of Broadcasting and inspired me with his passion. May the Lord grant eternal rest and bring peace and comfort to his family."

Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine: "Sad to hear of the passing of fellow HOF'er Dick Enberg.. you knew it was a big game when you heard his voice.. he will be missed #OhMy"

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