Bob Wolff passes away at age 96

Wolff and Babe Ruth Wolff Family Handout

Former Duke baseball player and student broadcaster Bob Wolff died Saturday, he was 96 year old. He continued sports commentary with News 12 Long Island broadcast team since it launched three decades ago and made his mark in local radio hosting the Con Edison Student-Athlete of the Week interview on WFAS Radio. He became the first sportscaster for Washington's WTTG-TV on the DeMont network in 1946 and began doing television play-by-play for the Washington Senators a year later. On radio, the former Blue Devil called the second half of Don Larsen's ideal game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series as well as the sudden-death overtime 1958 National Football League championship game between the Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

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 and another sportscaster Curt Gowdy are the only two broadcasters to be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame.

"Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character", the Yankees said in a statement. Starting in 1962, he also served as a broadcast for NBC's Game of the Week.

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

The Knicks tweeted, "He was a part of the very fabric of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers for more than six decades".

Wolff, who had the longest career of any sports broadcaster, according to Guinness World Records in 2012, died in South Nyack, N.Y.

A 1942 Duke graduate, Wolff's career took him from Durham to Washington, D.C., with an interruption for World War II when he was a U.S. Navy supply officer in the Pacific.

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