Wolff, iconic N.Y. voice, dies

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JOHN HEALY

LEG­ENDARY sports broad­caster Bob Wolff died on Satur­day in South Ny­ack, N.Y., at the age of 96.

Wolff spent eight decades as a sports broad­caster, call­ing mem­o­rable mo­ments such as Don Larsen’s per­fect game in the 1956 World Se­ries and the 1958 NFL cham­pi­onship game be­tween the Gi­ants and Colts.

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

Wolff was in­ducted into the broad­cast­ing wing of the Base­ball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is en­shrined in the Na­tional Sportscast­ers-Sportswrit­ers Hall of Fame and the Madi­son Square Gar­den Walk of Fame.

He was the re­cip­i­ent of the Curt Gowdy me­dia award from the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in 2008, join­ing Gowdy as the only two sportscast­ers to be in both the bas­ket­ball and the base­ball halls.

In 2012, Wolff was rec­og­nized by the Guin­ness Book of World Records as hav­ing the long­est ca­reer of any sports broad­caster.

Wolff re­cently served as a sports com­men­ta­tor for News 12 Long Is­land, which he joined in 1986. He also hosted the Con Edi­son Scholas­tic Sports Award pro­gram on WHUD Ra­dio in Westch­ester.

Wolff was born in New York City on Nov. 29, 1920, and be­gan his broad­cast­ing ca­reer in 1939 as a stu­dent at Duke Univer­sity.

A year later, he started do­ing play-by-play for the Washington Se­na­tors.

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

“Bob Wolff’s iconic, Hall-ofFame broad­cast­ing ca­reer was matched by his class and char­ac­ter,” the Yan­kees said in a state­ment. “Be­yond his life­time of pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ments, he was a man of great grace and dig­nity, serv­ing his coun­try with honor, and proudly call­ing New York home.

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

He was play-by-play man for the cham­pi­onship Knick teams of the 70s, team­ing with Cal Ram­sey on TV broad­casts.

“Bob Wolff was not only one of the sem­i­nal fig­ures in American sportscast­ing, but was part of the very fab­ric of Madi­son Square Gar­den, the New York Knicks, and the New York Rangers, for more than six decades,” the Madi­son Square Gar­den Com­pany and MSG Net­work said in a state­ment.

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

He is sur­vived by his wife, Jane Hoy; his sons, Rick and Robert; daugh­ter, Margy Clark; nine grand­chil­dren; and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.


Bob Wolff, who called Don Larsen’s per­fect game and in­ter­viewed Yank greats Babe Ruth and Mickey Man­tle, has died.

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