One of the familiar voices in all of the sports world — a long-time broadcaster for NBC, CBS and ESPN who covered Wimbledon 28 times, covered 10 Super Bowls and covered eight NCAA men’s basketball championships along with much, much more — has been silenced.
Dick Enberg was 82.
Despite a Hall of Fame career and plenty of time in homes on TV since the 1960s when he covered John Wooden‘s UCLA Bruins, he’s only got a handful of sports card appearances from the past — and, of those, really only one is easy to find.
His only traditional in-pack card came in the landmark 1989 Pro Set release — a readily available card in its Announcers insert set found one per pack in Series II packs. He’s one of 30 broadcasters and others who helped bring NFL games to life back then — a group that includes first cards of Chris Berman, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, NFL Films’ Steve Sabol, Brent Musberger and many others.
While he appears on four California Angels team-issue photos in the mid-1970s, his only other traditional card appearance is in the 1990-91 NBA Hoops Announcers set where 57 television and radio broadcasters were given cards using that year’s card design for their personal use. These aren’t the easiest finds, though Enberg was a regular though-the-mail signer — his Pro Set card can be found signed with relative ease. His autos have made their way into a couple of cut auto cards, but he has no certified ink.
Enberg was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with its Ford C. Frick Award in 2015 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame with its Rozelle Award in 1999. Before that, he was honored with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award in 1995. He also won 13 Emmys and the organization’s lifetime achievement award.
Before broadcasting, he worked as a teacher and he noted in his autobiography Dick Enberg, Oh My! that it served him well while in the booth.
“As a broadcaster, you have to be entertaining, you have to be well informed, you have to be excited about what you know and you have to have a sense of your audience — just like in a classroom,” he wrote. “In fact, when I look into the camera, I’m looking into my classroom. When I’m calling a game, I can envision hands shooting up all over the country with questions. ‘Whoops,’ I’ll think, ‘perhaps we need to explain that concept or strategy a little better.'”
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