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

Ivan Schwartz
July 17, 2017

Bob Wolff, the longest running broadcaster in the history of television and radio, died Saturday night aged 96, according to reports.

Wolff's career began at Duke in 1939, when he broadcasted games locally at WDNC in Durham and was a Blue Devil student and baseball player.

"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".

"If you added all the time up, I've spent about seven days of my life standing for the national anthem", Wolff once said, according to the New York Times.

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.

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The Guinness World Records credits him for having the "longest career as a sportscaster or broadcaster".

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. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he became an early TV sportscaster in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1940s, then got a job as the Washington Senators' play-by-play man.

Wolff has authored three books -10 Minutes to Massive Arms (1994),' 'Bob Wolff's Complete Guide to Sportscasting: How to Make It in Sportscasting With Or Without Talent (1996),' 'It's Not Who Won or Lost the Game - It's How You Sold the Beer (2011)'. He also conducted a number of sports interviews on the Steiner Sports' Memories of the Game show. "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 addition to leaving behind an unmatched body of work, his spirit carries on in hudnreds of broadcasters he mentored and the millions of fans he touched. Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed".

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