Bob Wolff, longest running sportscaster in television and radio history, dies at 96
Legendary sportscaster Bob Wolff passed away at his home in New York on Saturday night, his family announced. He was 96.
“Bob Wolff’s iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character,” said the Yankees in a statement. “Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling New York home. Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed.”
Throughout his career Wolff interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, and he was behind the microphone for Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. 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.”
Wolff called baseball on both television and radio, starting with the Washington Senators and later the Minnesota Twins. He broadcast the 1956 All-Star Game as well as the 1956, 1958, and 1961 World Series. Starting in 1962, he also served as a broadcast for NBC’s Game of the Week.
Wolff is the only sportscaster to call play-by-play for championships in each of the four major North American sports. His career started at Duke University in 1939, and earlier this year, he was still calling amateur athletics near his home on Long Island.
In 2012, Guinness World Records certified Wolff had the longest known career as a sportscaster.