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

Ross Houston
July 17, 2017

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.

A legendary sportscaster has another game to call from the sky above. He was also the play-by-play voice for Madison Square Garden for 26 years as part of more than 50 years on staff as both a full-time and freelance broadcaster there.

Wolff also gained recognition as the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, according to ESPN, including National Football League championship games, MLB World Series, NBA Finals, and NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

Wolff was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is enshrined in the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.


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. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was with the American League club through 1961, after the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.

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

Bob Wolff is the only person to have called the play-by-play of every championship in our four major pro sports. His son Rick hosts The Sports Edge show on Sunday mornings on WFAN radio.

"Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed".


Wolff served in the Navy as a supply officer in the Pacific during World War II.

In the early 1960s, he joined Joe Garagiola as NBC-TV's voices for baseball's Game of the Week.

His wife of 72 years, Jane Wolff, his children Dr. Robert Wolff, Rick Wolff, Margy Clark, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive Wolff.


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