Bob Wolff, sports broadcasting legend, dies at 96

Bob Wolff was born before the first live radio broadcast of a sports event.

He began his announcing career the same spring that a sports event first was broadcast live on television.

He graduated from Duke University before star coach Mike Krzyzewski was born. He interviewed Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe. He called both a World Series perfect game and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

And he seemed to have a great deal of fun doing it, approaching a dream job as if it all were a happy dream, making friends across several generations of athletes, coaches, executives, fans and colleagues.

To say that Wolff had a heck of a run would be to understate the obvious. He liked it so much that he worked deep into his 90s, cementing his status as the longest-working sports broadcaster in history.

Wolff died Saturday, according to News 12 Long Island.

He was 96.

Wolff was born in New York on Nov. 29, 1920, and graduated from what’s now Lawrence Woodmere Academy. While attending Duke on a baseball scholarship, he broke his ankle during a rundown in 1939; he then tried his hand at the radio business and succeeded.

From 1947 to 1960, he was the voice of the Washington Senators, during which he enhanced broadcasts of mostly losing teams by interviewing baseball’s biggest names, past and present,…

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