Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96


Bob Wolff, a sports broadcaster for eight decades who interviewed both Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter, died Sunday in South Nyack, N.Y., at age 96, his family told the New York Times.

In addition to his life in sports, Wolff also had a prominent role in World War II and talked about the ankle injury he suffered while playing baseball at Duke that led to his life in broadcasting.

Wolff called the only flawless game in World Series history when the Yankees' Don Larsen accomplished the feat against Brooklyn in 1956, and was behind the mic for Baltimore Colts' overtime victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 National Football League title game.

The Knicks tweeted, "He was a part of the very fabric of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers for more than six decades".

In his later years, he went on to work for News 12 Long Island, as well as continuing work for the MSG Network and YES Network. 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.

Wolff's career began at Duke in 1939, when he broadcasted games locally at WDNC in Durham and was a Blue Devil student and baseball player.

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

The Guinness World Records credits him for having the "longest career as a sportscaster or broadcaster".

From 1947-1960, Wolff was the voice of the Washington Senators. He also became the first television play-by-play voice for the lowly Washington Senators, a job he kept through the team's transformation to the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

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

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