NY sports broadcast icon Bob Wolff dies at age 96


Wolff died on Saturday night at the age of 96.

Wolff was born in New York City on November 29, 1920, and began his broadcasting career in 1939 as a student at Duke University. Throughout his career, he broadcasted thousands of games, from the World Series and the Super Bowl to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and interviewed numerous biggest names in sports, including Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

Wolff called Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series, the Colts-Giants NFL championship game (the "greatest game ever played" according to many), multiple NBA Finals, the Rose Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and many others.

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

Wolff started his career as a broadcaster in 1939 as a member of the CBS affiliate in Durham, North Carolina while he was a student at Duke University.

Recognized as the longest-running broadcaster in television and radio history, Wolff held the rare distinction of being inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame for his work on the microphone. He was also the play-by-play voice for Madison Square Garden for 26 years as part of more than 50 years on staff as both a full-time and freelance broadcaster there.

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He was also the play-by-play announcer for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Horse Show for 33 years.

A native New Yorker born on November 29, 1920, Wolff grew to become one of sports broadcasting's iconic voices.

In the early 1960s, he joined Joe Garagiola as NBC-TV's voices for baseball's Game of the Week.

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

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

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