Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Bob Wolff, Versatile And Longtime Sportscaster, Dies At 96

Bob Wolff, Versatile And Longtime Sportscaster, Dies At 96

The News 12 broadcaster and sports legend died peacefully at his Nyack home Saturday night.

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)'. 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's career began in 1939 while a student at Duke University.

Wolff was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1995. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. Wolff has also been honored with an induction into Madison Square Garden's Walk of Fame, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, Sigma Nu Fraternity Hall of Fame, among others.

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

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

Wolff attended Duke University and is a NY native.

Sportscaster Bob Wolff has died at 96. 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 broadcast the baseball team's games for WDNC in Durham, N.C., and graduated in 1942 with a degree in English. He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

In 2012, Guinness World Records said he'd had the longest career of any sports broadcaster.

Wolff is survived by his wife Jane, sons Rick and Robert, daughter Margy, nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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