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Sportscaster Dick Enberg found dead at home at age 82

Sportscaster Dick Enberg found dead at home at age 82

Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, whose career spanned almost 60 years, died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday at the age of 82, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Born in Armada, Michigan, on January 9,1935, legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg has won 14 Emmy Awards for his outstanding work. "Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for almost a decade".

He leaves behind a wife, Barbara, and a daughter, Nicole. He worked for WSAM 1410 AM in Saginaw and eventually went on to Indiana University where he earned a master's and doctorate degree in health sciences. While at Central Michigan, Enberg was employed by Detroit Tigers radio affiliate WSAM in Saginaw.

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. He was the radio play-by-play broadcaster on Los Angeles Rams games from 1966-1977 and the main television and radio play-by-play broadcaster for the California Angels from 1969-78.

He called the 1979 Final Four championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State. He has also been named National Sportscaster of the Year three times.

Enberg was the broadcaster on KTLA's telecasts of UCLA basketball games from 1966-77, a position he said "was absolutely responsible for NBC hiring me".

"The '79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. That became a monumental event", he added.

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