Oh my! Dick Enberg, who did the television play-by-play for the Game of the Century, is still going strong at age 75. Enberg has done broadcasts of college basketball and other sports for CBS in recent years. What I did not know about until an article in today's New York Times, however, is that Enberg is doing around 120 games this season on San Diego Padres baseball telecasts.
Enberg has longstanding ties to southern California, of course, announcing UCLA basketball, Angels baseball, and then-L.A. Rams football several decades ago. I also remember reading many years ago that, even back when announcing for the Angels, he lived more toward San Diego. Thus, Enberg's Padres gig doesn't surprise me all that much. It is somewhat unusual, however, that at an age when many professionals are winding down their careers, he has intensified his.
Friday, June 04, 2010
It is with great sadness that I relay the news that John Wooden, UCLA men's basketball coach from 1948-1975 (which encompasses the Game of the Century), has just died at the age of 99. UCLA's athletics website has a collection of tributes to Coach Wooden. I would also suggest the Los Angeles Times as a source for coverage of Wooden's passing.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Bobby Scott, one of the referees for the Game of the Century, died January 30 at age 79. According to Scott's obituary in the San Antonio Express News, he had a number of achievements as a basketball referee, officiating two Final Fours and serving as the Missouri Valley Conference supervisor of officials. He was also active in other sports before becoming a basketball referee. My thanks to W. Lynn Morrow for providing information on Mr. Scott's passing.