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HOF Broadcaster and Member of the Lott IMPACT Trophy Board of Advisors, Dick Enberg Passes

One of the most respected, popular and beloved broadcasters in history, Dick Enberg, passed away Thursday night at his home in La Jolla, Ca.
        A long-time member of the Lott IMPACT Trophy Board of Advisors, he was 82.
        “I first met Dick when he was the play-by-play announcer for the Angels,” said Pete Donovan of the Lott IMPACT Trophy.  “Over the years we worked on several events together – from the first ever World Team Tennis highlight film to the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame where he was the emcee to the 70th anniversary of the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum.
        “He was not only a gifted speaker, but extremely smart and always had the right touch with everything he did.”
        Enberg worked for NBC, CBS and ESPN as well as handling play-by-play duties for the Angels, the John Wooden UCLA basketball teams and, later in life, the San Diego Padres.
        He won 13 Sports Emmy Awards, nine Sportscaster of the Year awards.  He has been honored as a Hall of Fame recipient in the three major sports — basketball (Curt Gowdy Award), football (Pete Rozelle Award) and baseball (Ford Frick Award).
        “I remember him best,” said Donovan “from his days with the Angels and Don Drysdale.  Dick was always the focal point of the conversation with his knowledge of the sport and his wonderful perception of those he covered.  When he worked with the great Merlin Olsen (on NBC) it was a team for the ages.
        “As an emcee at events, Dick was passionate and better prepared than any man I ever worked with.”
        Dick Enberg is survived by his wife and six children.

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