Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96

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

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

Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Wolff died on Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y., at the age of 96.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him into the broadcaster's wing in 1995, and the Basketball Hall of Fame did likewise in 2008. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

Wolff called the only ideal 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.

Madison Square Garden released a statement that read, "Bob Wolff was not only one of the seminal figures in American sportscasting, but 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".

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'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.

Wolff was a member of the News 12 family since the station went on the air 30 years ago as its first sports anchor.

Wolff, who also called games for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, donated about 1,000 hours of his work to the Library of Congress in 2013. "Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed".

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. In addition to leaving behind an unmatched body of work, his spirit carries on in hundreds of broadcasters he mentored and the millions of fans he touched.

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

He is survived by his wife, Jane Hoy; his sons, Rick and Robert; daughter, Margy Clark; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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