Bob Wolff passes away at age 96

Bob Wolff passes away at age 96

Bob Wolff passes away at age 96

Bob Wolff, who spent eight decades as a sportscaster and provided the play-by-play when the New York Knicks captured their two National Basketball Association championships in the 1970s, has died.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him into the broadcaster's wing in 1995, and the Basketball Hall of Fame did likewise in 2008.

A native of New York City, Wolff attended Duke University and broadcast Blue Devils baseball games on the radio.

"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".

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

This year, he did sports commentary on News 12 Long Island and hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester.

During his visit, Wolff recalled countless memorable stories, from calling Don Larsen's ideal game to calling the 1958 NFL Championship between the Giants and Colts to being the voice of the Westminster Dog Show for 33 years.

Wolff remained the play-by-play announcer for the Senators until 1960 when the franchise moved to Minnesota to become the Twins.

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He also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Career in Broadcasting, with 73 years. "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 also conducted a number of sports interviews on the Steiner Sports' Memories of the Game show. "Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed". He and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to receive both honors.

"In addition to leaving behind an unmatched body of work, his spirit carries on in hudnreds of broadcasters he mentored and the millions of fans he touched".

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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