Bob Wolff, sports broadcasting legend, dies at 96 – New York News

Bob Wolff was born before the first live radio broadcast of a sports event.


He began his announcing career the same spring that a sports event first was broadcast live on television.

He graduated from Duke before Mike Krzyzewski was born.

He interviewed Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe.

He called both a World Series perfect game and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

And he seemed to have a great deal of fun doing it, approaching a dream job as if it all were a happy dream, making friends across several generations of athletes, coaches, executives, fans and colleagues.

To say that Wolff — who died Saturday at the age of 96 according to News 12 — had a heck of a run would be to understate the obvious. He liked it so much that he worked deep into his 90s, cementing his status as the longest-working sports broadcaster in history.

Wolff was born in New York on Nov. 29, 1920, and attended Duke on a baseball scholarship. When he broke his ankle during a rundown in 1939, he tried his hand…

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