Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Wolff died on Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y., at the age of 96. He also became the first television play-by-play voice for the lowly Washington Senators, a job he kept through the team’s transformation to the Minnesota Twins in 1961.
Long before Bob Wolff called Don Larsen’s World Series flawless game, Alan Ameche’s overtime touchdown for the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 National Football League championship game and loss after loss for the old Washington Senators, he broadcast Duke baseball games for WDNC.
He also worked at Madison Square Garden, calling Knicks and Rangers games. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The legendary Bob Wolff paid Boomer and Craig a visit in the studio on July 15, 2014. Starting in 1962, he also served as a broadcast for NBC’s Game of the Week.
His national broadcasting work load famously included radio calls of Don Larsen’s ideal 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.
“Bob Wolff’s iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character”, the Yankees said in a statement.
His career started at Duke University in 1939, and earlier this year, he was still calling amateur athletics near his home on Long Island.
“Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed”.
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.
He was play-by-play man for the championship Knick teams of the 70s, teaming with Cal Ramsey on TV broadcasts.
A 1942 Duke graduate, Wolff’s career took him from Durham to Washington, D.C., with an interruption for World War II when he was a U.S. Navy supply officer in the Pacific.