I awoke this morning to see the very sad news of the passing of broadcasting legend Dick Enberg.
Incredibly sad news: Dick Enberg’s wife Barbara just told me Dick died his morning in LaJolla. Thinks it was a heart attack. Such a legend. Such a gentleman. There are no words.— Bryce Miller (@Bryce_A_Miller) December 22, 2017
Enberg was the play-by-play voice of many huge sporting events - from the Rose Bowl to Wimbledon to the Olympics - but he got his start in broadcasting in Indiana.
The broadcasting legend earned two degrees from Indiana University, and was on the first ever radio broadcast of the Little 500. He also started his professional career as the voice of Hoosiers football and basketball from 1957-1961.
Despite his rise to prominence, both in Los Angeles and nationally, he remained connected to those IU roots. As fate would have it, he was assigned to the NCAA Tournament South Regional during Indiana's shocking run to the 2002 Final Four, and one my favorite Enberg calls came in that Regional Final vs. Kent State:
One of my favorite Dick Enberg calls was when IU opened 8-for-8 from three in their 2002 Elite 8 game vs. Kent State: "Lock up the Kewpie dolls... they're gonna take them all back to Bloomington!" https://t.co/0sUpr1Tdag— Derek Schultz (@Schultz975) December 22, 2017
R.I.P. to a great man, broadcaster, and Hoosier.