Sportscaster and Baseball Hall of Fame's Bob Wolff Dies at 96

Life ends for legend with broadcasting's longest career: Bob Wolff dies at 96

Bob Wolff, longest running sportscaster in television and radio history, dies at 96

Wolff began his eight-decade broadcast career, which the Guinness World Records cited in 2012 as the longest of any sports broadcaster, in 1939 while still a student at Duke University, broadcasting games on a local CBS radio station.

Wolff died on Saturday night at the age of 96. He continued sports commentary with News 12 Long Island broadcast team since it launched three decades ago and made his mark in local radio hosting the Con Edison Student-Athlete of the Week interview on WFAS Radio.

The broadcaster, who called games for almost 80 years, has been the voice of a number of legendary sporting events.

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.

Throughout his career Wolff interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, and he was behind the microphone for Don Larsen's ideal game in the 1956 World Series.

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"Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character", the Yankees said in a statement.

With the Washington Senators, Wolff often had to act in commercials on live television. "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.

Wolff covered all four major American sports, serving as the play-by-play voice for the New York Knicks and Rangers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns, even dabbling in soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.

Wolff is survived by his wife Jane, sons Rick and Robert, daughter Margy, nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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