Bob Wolff, Sportscaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

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

Most recently, Wolff was a commentator for News 12 Long Island from 1986 through this February. Additionally, Wolf is revered in the broadcast wing of the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.

Wolff was also behind the microphone for some of the biggest moments in sports history, including the Giants vs. Colts 1958 NFL Championship, which is widely considered the NFL's greatest game.

Wolff called Don Larsen's ideal game in the 1956 World Series, the Colts-Giants NFL championship game (the "greatest game ever played" according to many), multiple NBA Finals, the Rose Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and many others.

Wolff and another sportscaster Curt Gowdy are the only two broadcasters to be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame.

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He also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Career in Broadcasting, with 73 years. 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.

Having come to Duke to play baseball for coach Jack Coombs, Wolff injured his ankle as a sophomore and instead joined the broadcast team as a student in 1939.

"In addition to leaving behind an unmatched body of work, his spirit carries on in hudnreds of broadcasters he mentored and the millions of fans he touched". "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 served in the Navy during World War II, then became the Senators' first TV broadcaster in 1947.

His wife of 72 years, Jane Wolff, his children Dr. Robert Wolff, Rick Wolff, Margy Clark, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive Wolff.

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