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Bob Wolff, Sportscaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Bob Wolff, Sportscaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Former Duke baseball player and student broadcaster Bob Wolff died Saturday, he was 96 year old. He called Don Larsen's flawless 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.

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.

Wolff is enshrined in the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame, and in July 2008 was voted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Award, joining Gowdy as the only two sportscasters to be in both the basketball and the baseball halls.

He also worked at Madison Square Garden, calling Knicks and Rangers games.

In 2014, he was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest consecutive run as a broadcaster at 74 years 6 months and 8 days as of that day.




Most recently, Wolff was a commentator for News 12 Long Island from 1986 through this February.

A native New Yorker born on November 29, 1920, Wolff grew to become one of sports broadcasting's iconic voices. His son Rick hosts The Sports Edge show on Sunday mornings on WFAN radio.

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

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

Wolff covered all four major American sports, serving as the play-by-play voice for the New York Knicks and Rangers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns, even dabbling in soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. He served in the Navy during World War II, then became the Senators' first TV broadcaster in 1947.


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