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Bob Wolff passes away at age 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, April 26, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sports broadcasting legend Bob Wolff passed away on Saturday at the age of 96 in South Nyack, New York.

Recognized as the longest-running broadcaster in television and radio history, Wolff held the rare distinction of being inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame for his work on the microphone. His career has spanned so many different avenues, that Wolff held the distinction of getting to have interviewed Babe Ruth.

Born in New York City in Nov. 1920, Wolff went on to attend Duke University, getting his professional career underway in Durham, North Carolina, in 1939.

Wolff covered all four major American sports, serving as the play-by-play voice for the New York Knicks and Rangers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns, even dabbling in soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.

In addition to calling numerous other sporting events at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, Wolff took on other broadcasting challenges such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Horse Show.

In his later years, he went on to work for News 12 Long Island, as well as continuing work for the MSG Network and YES Network. His professional work spanned nine decades and a lifetime of legendary calls, which included Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the Knicks’ only two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973.

He is survived by his three children and wife, to whom he had been married since 1945.

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