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Bob Wolff, legendary sports broadcaster, dies at 96

17 July 2017, 04:24 | Andy Ferguson

Remembering Bob Wolff

Remembering Bob Wolff

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.

In addition to his life in sports, Wolff also had a prominent role in World War II and talked about the ankle injury he suffered while playing baseball at Duke that led to his life in broadcasting. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

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

His national broadcasting work load famously included radio calls of Don Larsen's flawless game for the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series and the Colts' overtime victory over the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship Game.

Wolff is also in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and was an inducted into Madison Square Garden's Walk of Fame.

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Bob Wolff (c.) honored at Madison Square Garden.

His most famous call of all was for Yankees pitcher Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series.

He is survived by his three children and wife, to whom he had been married since 1945. "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".

In the early 1960s, he joined Joe Garagiola as NBC-TV's voices for baseball's Game of the Week. "Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed". He worked for the local CBS radio affiliate in Durham, N.C., and eventually became the voice of the Washington Senators in 1947. He was with the American League club through 1961, after the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. With a career that spanned almost 80 years, Wolff had been the longest-running broadcaster in radio and television history. He played "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" on his favorite instrument following his enshrinement into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.

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.



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