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Sportscaster and Baseball Hall of Fame's Bob Wolff Dies at 96

Sportscaster and Baseball Hall of Fame's Bob Wolff Dies at 96

Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Wolff, considered one of the most iconic and decorated play-by-play men in history, died Saturday at his home in NY.

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)'. However, his most famous moment was when he called New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen's ideal game in the 1956 World Series.

Wolff got his start on radio in 1939 while attending Duke University.

Wolff often said if he wasn't having fun then the audience wasn't probably having fun, which is why he played the ukulele when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to receive both honors.

He was a broadcaster at Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling Rangers and Knicks games, which included the Knicks' two National Basketball Association titles.

From 1947-1960, Wolff was the voice of the Washington Senators.

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Wolff was born in New York City on November 29, 1920, and began his broadcasting career in 1939 as a student at Duke University. His son Rick hosts The Sports Edge show on Sunday mornings on WFAN radio.

"Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character", the Yankees said in a team statement.

He was play-by-play man for the championship Knick teams of the 70s, teaming with Cal Ramsey on TV broadcasts. He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

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

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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