Sportscaster and Baseball Hall of Fame's Bob Wolff Dies at 96


Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died.

His achievements also include being one of only two broadcasters, Curt Gowdy being the second, inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

Wolff was born in New York City on November 29, 1920, and began his broadcasting career in 1939 as a student at Duke University. 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.

If you call yourself a Knicks or Yankees fan, you know the name Bob Wolff.

Long before Bob Wolff called Don Larsen's World Series ideal game, Alan Ameche's overtime touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 National Football League championship game and loss after loss for the old Washington Senators, he broadcast Duke baseball games for WDNC.

"Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed". He then turned to broadcasting and began his professional career in 1939 on CBS News in Durham, North Carolina, and was later was seen and heard on News 12 Long Island, MSG Network programming.

In 2012, Guinness World Records certified Wolff had the longest known career as a sportscaster. 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.

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

The veteran sportscaster is said to have died peacefully at his Nyack home in NY.

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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