Legendary News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff dies at age 96


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

"Longevity comes with being a sportscaster", Wolff told the New York Post in January. On radio, the former Blue Devil called the second half of Don Larsen's flawless game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series as well as the sudden-death overtime 1958 National Football League championship game between the Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

Wolff began his eight-decade broadcast career, which the Guinness World Records cited in 2012 as the longest of any sports broadcaster, in 1939 while still a student at Duke University, broadcasting games on a local CBS radio station.

Wolff and another sportscaster Curt Gowdy are the only two broadcasters to be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame.

The genial Wolff called the Knicks games when they won their National Basketball Association titles in 1969-70 and 1972-73, working alongside analyst Cal Ramsey, and did games for the NHL's New York Rangers as well.

Born in New York City in November 1920, Wolff went on to attend Duke University, getting his professional career underway in Durham, North Carolina, in 1939.

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

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

Wolff became the pioneer TV voice of the Washington Senators Baseball Club in 1947, moved with the team to Minnesota in 1961 and then joined NBC News as the play-by-play man on the TV Baseball Game-of-the-Week in 1962.

"Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed". For decades, play-by-play man for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

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

He is survived by Jane Wolff, his wife of 72 years, sons Dr. Robert Wolff and Rick Wolff, daughter Margy Clark, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.