Hall of Fame Sportscaster Bob Wolff Dies at 96


Sports broadcasting legend Bob Wolff passed away on Saturday at the age of 96 in South Nyack, New York.

Wolff called baseball on both television and radio, starting with the Washington Senators and later the Minnesota Twins.

Long before Bob Wolff called Don Larsen's World Series ideal game, Alan Ameche's overtime touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 National Football League championship game and loss after loss for the old Washington Senators, he broadcast Duke baseball games for WDNC.

In addition to his life in sports, Wolff also had a prominent role in World War II and talked about the ankle injury he suffered while playing baseball at Duke that led to his life in broadcasting.

The genial Wolff called the Knicks games when they won their National Basketball Association titles in 1969-70 and 1972-73, working alongside analyst Cal Ramsey, and did games for the NHL's New York Rangers as well.

The Guinness World Records credits him for having the "longest career as a sportscaster or broadcaster".

Most recently, Wolff was a commentator for News 12 Long Island from 1986 through this February. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

He teamed with Joe Garagiola on NBC Game of the Week baseball telecasts in the 1960s.

He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

"Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed".

A native New Yorker born on November 29, 1920, Wolff grew to become one of sports broadcasting's iconic voices.

He got his start in the business in 1939 as a student broadcaster at Duke University.

Two years later, he was behind the mic at Yankee Stadium when the Colts and New York Giants NFL championship game went into sudden death overtime. "His legacy will live forever".

He is survived by his wife, Jane Hoy; his sons, Rick and Robert; daughter, Margy Clark; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.