Legendary broadcaster Bob Wolff dies at 96

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Wolff, considered one of the most iconic and decorated play-by-play men in history, died Saturday at his home in NY. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

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.

His national broadcasting work load famously included radio calls of Don Larsen's flawless game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series and the Colts' overtime victory over the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game.

In addition to calling numerous other sporting events at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, Wolff took on other broadcasting challenges such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Horse Show.

Wolff worked at News 12 Long Island, starting in 1986, serving as the station's first sportscaster and working the station's first broadcast.

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. He and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to receive both honors.

Wolff has authored three books -10 Minutes to Massive Arms (1994),' 'Bob Wolff's Complete Guide to Sportscasting: How to Make It in Sportscasting With Or Without Talent (1996),' 'It's Not Who Won or Lost the Game - It's How You Sold the Beer (2011)'. "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". With a career that spanned almost 80 years, Wolff had been the longest-running broadcaster in radio and television history.

With the Washington Senators, Wolff often had to act in commercials on live television.

The broadcaster, who called games for almost 80 years, has been the voice of a number of legendary sporting events.

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