Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Wolff died on Saturday at his home in South Nyack, New York. He called Don Larsen's ideal game for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956, as well as the NFL's "Greatest Game Ever Played", when Alan Ameche's 1-yard run gave the Baltimore Colts an overtime win in the 1958 National Football League championship game.

The entertainer played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", on the ukulele when he was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. He returned to NY the following year and spent 50 years broadcasting events at Madison Square Garden, from Knicks basketball and Rangers hockey to the Westminster Dog Show. He and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to receive both honors.

Wolff started his career as a broadcaster in 1939 as a member of the CBS affiliate in Durham, North Carolina while he was a student at Duke University.

The New York Yankees added in a statement, "Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character".

The legendary Bob Wolff paid Boomer and Craig a visit in the studio on July 15, 2014.

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In 2012, Guinness World Records said he'd had the longest career of any sports broadcaster. "Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling NY home".

He teamed with Joe Garagiola on NBC Game of the Week baseball telecasts in the 1960s. He did television play-by-play for the New York Knicks' two championships.

Bob Wolff, who spent eight decades as a sportscaster and provided the play-by-play when the New York Knicks captured their two National Basketball Association championships in the 1970s, has died. "His legacy will live forever". He served in the Navy during World War II, then became the Senators' first TV broadcaster in 1947.

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

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