Legendary News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff dies at age 96

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Bob Wolff, one of the most-iconic sports broadcasters to ever live, has passed away at the age of 96.

Wolff is enshrined in the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame, and in July 2008 was voted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Award, joining Gowdy as the only two sportscasters to be in both the basketball and the baseball halls. 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.

He was a broadcaster at Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling Rangers and Knicks games.

Wolff recently served as a sports commentator for News 12 Long Island, which he joined in 1986.

And in a storied career that began in radio and spanned the cable TV era, he was on hand to describe some of the most seminal moments in 20th century sports history, including Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series and the classic 1958 National Football League championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

Guinness World Records honored him from having the longest sports broadcasting career in 2012.

Born in New York City in 1920, Wolff began his broadcasting career in 1939 after graduating from Duke.

In addition to his work with the Knicks and Rangers, Wolff was part of the team for NBC's baseball "Game of the Week" broadcasts.

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)'. Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling NY home.

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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