Ver­sa­tile sports­caster Bob Wolff dies at 96

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Bob Wolff, the only sports­caster to call play-by-play of cham­pi­onships in all four ma­jor North Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional team sports, has died. He was 96.

Son Rick Wolff said his fa­ther died peace­fully Satur­day night at his Ny­ack home.

Wolff broad­cast the NFL’s cham­pi­onship game, World Se­ries, NBA Fi­nals and Stan­ley Cup Fi­nals. He in­ter­viewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

“Bob Wolff’s iconic, Hallof-Fame broad­cast­ing ca­reer was matched by his class and char­ac­ter,” the Yan­kees said in a team state­ment. “Be­yond his life­time of pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ments, he was a man of great grace and dig­nity, serv­ing his coun­try with hon­our, and proudly call­ing New York home. Bob was a dear friend of the Yan­kees or­ga­ni­za­tion and he will be deeply missed.”

Wolff was cited by the Guinness Book of World Records for the long­est con­sec­u­tive run as a broad­caster at 78 years, dat­ing to 1939 on WDNC Ra­dio when he was a stu­dent at Duke Univer­sity. 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.

Wolff called the only per­fect 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 NFL ti­tle game. He did tele­vi­sion play-by-play for the New York Knicks’ two cham­pi­onships.

“Bob Wolff was not only one of the sem­i­nal fig­ures in Amer­i­can sportscast­ing, but he was a part of the very fab­ric of Madi­son Square Gar­den, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers for more than six decades,” Madi­son Square Gar­den and MSG Net­works said in a state­ment. “In ad­di­tion to leav­ing be­hind an un­matched body of work, his spirit car­ries on in hun­dreds of broad­cast­ers he men­tored and the mil­lions of fans he touched. His legacy will live for­ever.”

Wolff is en­shrined in the broad­cast wing of the Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame, the Na­tional Sportscast­ers Sports writ­ers 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. 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.

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