2017 : Acclaimed Sportscaster Dick Enberg, a CMU Grad, Dies at 82

December 20, 2021 all-day
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Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, who was born in Mount Clemens in 1935, and attended Central Michigan University, died Thursday morning at his La Jolla, Calif., home. He was 82.

The family said they believe he died of a heart attack, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Enberg’s family moved to Bridgeport, Conn. when he was two, then to California before returning to Michigan to live on a farm near Armada.

He played college baseball and earned a degree from Central Michigan University in 1957. 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.

He began his sports broadcasting career in the late 1960s working for KTLA television in Los Angeles.

“I felt guilty because that was triple what I made as a teacher,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1987. “Then I found out I was being paid 10 percent under the union minimum.”

Mike Kupper of  the Times writes: 

Long recognized as one of the most versatile and enthusiastic sports announcer of his era, Enberg did it all: major league baseball, college and pro football, college basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, Olympics, Rose Bowls and Super Bowls, Breeders’ Cup horse racing — earning a trophy case full of Emmys, awards from the pro football, basketball and baseball halls of fame, niches in several broadcasting halls of fame and other assorted honors.

Enberg called the classic 1979 NCAA Championship game between Michigan State in a match up between MSU’s Magic Johnson and Indiana State’s Larry Bird.

Source: Allan Lengel, “Acclaimed Sportscaster Dick Enberg, a CMU Grad, Dies at 82“, Deadline Detroit, Decemer 22, 2017.

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