Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96

Former Washington Senators broadcaster Bob Wolff waves to the crowd during a pre-game ceremony to honor him before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park Friday

Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Wolff Passes Away At 96

Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died.

Wolff is enshrined in the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame, and in July 2008 was voted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Award, joining Gowdy as the only two sportscasters to be in both the basketball and the baseball halls. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

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.

Wolff became the pioneer TV voice of the Washington Senators Baseball Club in 1947, moved with the team to Minnesota in 1961 and then joined NBC News as the play-by-play man on the TV Baseball Game-of-the-Week in 1962.

Wolff spent eight decades as a sports broadcaster, calling memorable moments such as Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series and the 1958 National Football League championship game between the Giants and Colts.

The veteran sportscaster is said to have died peacefully at his Nyack home in NY.

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The Guinness World Records credits him for having the "longest career as a sportscaster or broadcaster".

Wolff began his broadcasting career in 1939 while he was studying at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

With the Washington Senators, Wolff often had to act in commercials on live television.

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

Wolff, who also called games for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, donated about 1,000 hours of his work to the Library of Congress in 2013.

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