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Life ends for legend with broadcasting's longest career: Bob Wolff dies at 96

Posted July 16

Former Duke baseball player and student broadcaster Bob Wolff died Saturday, he was 96 year old. Wolff, who had the longest career of any sports broadcaster, according to Guinness World Records in 2012, died in South Nyack, N.Y.

Wolff's career began at Duke in 1939, when he broadcasted games locally at WDNC in Durham and was a Blue Devil student and baseball player. Through his eight decades of work over the air,  Wolff became one of just two professionals (along with Curt Gowdy) to ever be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame. The entertainer played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," on the ukulele when he was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2008, he received the Curt Gowdy media award from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wolff is also in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and was an inducted into Madison Square Garden’s Walk of Fame.

From 1947-1960, Wolff was the voice of the Washington Senators. He was also the play-by-play voice for Madison Square Garden for 26 years as part of more than 50 years on staff as both a full-time and freelance broadcaster there. His national broadcasting work load famously included radio calls of Don Larsen’s perfect 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 worked at News 12 Long Island, starting in 1986, serving as the station's first sportscaster and working the station's first broadcast. He also worked as a commentator for the station and gave his final essay in February.

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