Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Bob Wolff, Versatile And Longtime Sportscaster, Dies At 96

Bob Wolff, Versatile And Longtime Sportscaster, Dies At 96

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.

"Longevity comes with being a sportscaster", Wolff told the New York Post in January.

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.

Wolff got his start on radio in 1939 while attending Duke University.

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.

He also worked at Madison Square Garden, calling Knicks and Rangers games.

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Sportscaster Bob Wolff has died at 96. He became the first sportscaster for Washington's WTTG-TV on the DeMont network in 1946 and began doing television play-by-play for the Washington Senators a year later.

Wolff called the only flawless game in World Series history when the Yankees' Don Larsen accomplished the feat against Brooklyn in 1956, and was behind the mic for Baltimore Colts' overtime victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 National Football League title game.

Besides his sports broadcasting career, Wolff served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a supply officer in the Pacific. He also hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester.

He teamed with Joe Garagiola on NBC Game of the Week baseball telecasts in the 1960s. "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". For decades, play-by-play man for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

His wife of 72 years, Jane Wolff, his children Dr. Robert Wolff, Rick Wolff, Margy Clark, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive Wolff.

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