Magic & Enberg.DoigPizac.AP

Oh, my: Dick Enberg has died, an American hailed as the best all-around sportscaster in history because he could cover it all from basketball and golf to racing and Wimbledon. (The hardest game to call, he said, is baseball, which can go hours before anything happens.) He started young but had a hard time breaking into the national ranks; he got a Ph.D. at Indiana University, then took a faculty job at a state university in California and announced basketball games for another local college with a pretty good team: the University of California at Los Angeles, which won nine straight national championships and went undefeated for 47 games, leading to the first big national college broadcast in 1968 matching up the #1 and #2 teams. It attracted a huge audience and made him a star. He was still working the day he died, at home with his bags packed, waiting to catch a plane to his next gig. Above: with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a Hall of Fame player and broadcast partner, in 1992. (Doig Pizac/Associated Press)

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