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NY sports broadcast icon Bob Wolff dies at age 96

17 July 2017, 04:28 | Charlene Valdez

Bob Wolff, longest running sportscaster in television and radio history, dies at 96

Life ends for legend with broadcasting's longest career: Bob Wolff dies at 96

Until early this year, Wolff provided sports commentary for Long Island-based News 12, beginning that gig when the cable station launched in 1986.

Former Duke baseball player and student broadcaster Bob Wolff died Saturday, he was 96 year old.

Boomer and Wolff were certainly aware of one another as well, so we guess you could say that on that day mutual respect was abound.

Throughout his career Wolff interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, and he was behind the microphone for Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series.

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

Please listen to the full interview below.

In 2012, Guinness World Records certified Wolff had the longest known career as a sportscaster.


Born in New York City in November 1920, Wolff went on to attend Duke University, getting his professional career underway in Durham, North Carolina, in 1939. He was with the American League club through 1961, after the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. He also hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester.

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

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".

He was play-by-play man for the championship Knick teams of the 70s, teaming with Cal Ramsey on TV broadcasts.

He eventually moved back to his native NY and was essentially the voice of Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling not just Knicks and Rangers games but also the Westminster Dog Show and just about any other sporting event that took place at the world's most famous arena.

Wolff served in the Navy as a supply officer in the Pacific during World War II.

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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