Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96
Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96
Wolff interviews Babe Ruth
17 July, 2017, 22:10
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.
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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 began his broadcasting career in 1939 while he was studying at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Wolff was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is enshrined in the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.
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".
"Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character", the Yankees said in a team statement.
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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.
If you call yourself a Knicks or Yankees fan, you know the name Bob Wolff.
Wolff called baseball on both television and radio, starting with the Washington Senators and later the Minnesota Twins.
Wolff, who had the longest career of any sports broadcaster, according to Guinness World Records in 2012, died in South Nyack, N.Y.
He teamed with Joe Garagiola on NBC Game of the Week baseball telecasts in the 1960s.
Bob Wolff, who spent eight decades as a sportscaster and provided the play-by-play when the New York Knicks captured their two National Basketball Association championships in the 1970s, has died. He served in the Navy during World War II, then became the Senators' first TV broadcaster in 1947.
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