According to his wife Barbara, Enberg suffered a heart attack in their home in La Jolla, California.
For years, the phrase “Oh my!” was one of the most recognizable sayings in all of sports. Enberg’s work spanned across all sports imaginable, ranging from covering the Olympics to NCAA Basketball games to Super Bowls and, of course, plenty of baseball games.
Enberg spent many years covering baseball in the midst of his legendary run as an announcer. His first work in baseball came in the late 1960’s when he covered both the California Angels and Los Angeles Rams for KMPC radio. With the Angels, Enberg developed another classic baseball phrase “Touch them All!” following any home run. He also followed every Angels victory with the saying “And the Halo shines tonight” referencing the giant “Big A” scoreboard that had a halo at the top. Enberg spent 11 years as the Angels play-by-play analyst, working from 1969-1978 and also in 1985.
Enberg’s work was quickly noticed and he continued to cover more sports, with his first national baseball gig coming in the 1982 World Series. He only spent one year as the play-by-play analyst, as he was replaced in 1983 by the legendary Vin Scully, who called numerous World Series and All Star Games in the 1980’s. Enberg and Scully would go on to be best friends as their illustrious careers overlapped each other.
Enberg’s final broadcasting gig in baseball started in 2009, when he began calling games for the San Diego Padres for the next eight seasons. Enberg’s final game came on October 2, 2016, which also coincided on the same day as Vin Scully’s last game. For the sport of baseball, this represented a special moment as two of the best play-by-play announcers called their final games on the same day.
The 2015 Ford Frick Award winner and recipient of 13 Emmy Awards, Enberg’s work was widely recognized across sports. With his expertise, wittiness, clever calls and humble nature, Enberg was a friend to many in the sports world and his impact has been monumental for many.
Enberg leaves behind his wife, five children and three grandchildren.