Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NY sports broadcast icon Bob Wolff dies at age 96

NY sports broadcast icon Bob Wolff dies at age 96

Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Wolff, considered one of the most iconic and decorated play-by-play men in history, died Saturday at his home in NY.

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.

Wolff's career began in 1939 while a student at Duke University.

Wolff was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is enshrined in the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.

Wolff was a broadcaster for Madison Square Garden for over 50 years, calling Knicks and Rangers games, college basketball and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

He also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Career in Broadcasting, with 73 years. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wolff worked at News 12 Long Island, starting in 1986, serving as the station's first sportscaster and working the station's first broadcast.

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

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

In addition to his work with the Knicks and Rangers, Wolff was part of the team for NBC's baseball "Game of the Week" broadcasts. "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".

A 1942 Duke graduate, Wolff's career took him from Durham to Washington, D.C., with an interruption for World War II when he was a U.S. Navy supply officer in the Pacific.

He is survived by Jane Wolff, his wife of 72 years, sons Dr. Robert Wolff and Rick Wolff, daughter Margy Clark, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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