Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96

Wolff died on Saturday night at the age of 96.

Until early this year, Wolff provided sports commentary for Long Island-based News 12, beginning that gig when the cable station launched in 1986.

Wolff was also behind the microphone for some of the biggest moments in sports history, including the Giants vs. Colts 1958 NFL Championship, which is widely considered the NFL’s greatest game.

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

He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and won the 1995 Ford C. Frick Award, which is given annually to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball”. He was with the American League club through 1961, after the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.

Wolff interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and was the television voice behind the Knicks’ and New York Rangers for decades, calling play-by-play for both Knicks championships in the 1970s.

Besides his sports broadcasting career, Wolff served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a supply officer in the Pacific.

Wolff started his career as a broadcaster in 1939 as a member of the CBS affiliate in Durham, North Carolina while he was a student at Duke University. “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”. “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”.

A native New Yorker born on November 29, 1920, Wolff grew to become one of sports broadcasting’s iconic voices.

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.