One of the most versatile sports broadcasters around, Dick Enberg covered the NFL, college football, the Olympics, tennis, golf, baseball, boxing, gymnastics, figure skating, horse racing and track. His signature phrase, “Oh, my!” is one of the most recognized in all of sports.
But he got his start calling an imaginary baseball game in an empty field near his Canoga Park home. "I thought there was something wrong with that boy," his mother recalled once.
In college, Enberg studied health sciences, eventually obtaining a master’s degree and doctorate at Indiana University; he also did some radio work on the side. Then, from 1961 to 1965, he served as an assistant professor and assistant baseball coach at what is now called Cal State Northridge.
His full-time sportscasting career started in 1965 on KTLA. Soon, he became the TV and radio voice of UCLA basketball, the California Angels and the Los Angeles Rams. In 1975, his national career began at NBC Sports, where he worked for some 25 years. In 2000, he began working for CBS Sports and in 2004 added ESPN to his workload. In 2010, he began calling San Diego Padres games.
Enberg is the only person to win national Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, writer and producer (1978). He also received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2000.
"I love what I do," Enberg told The Times in 1993. "There's no question there is something addictive about it. It's like a narcotic."
Enberg died Dec. 21, 2107, at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 82.