Bob Wolff, Sportscaster for 8 Decades, Dies at 96


Bob Wolff, who spent eight decades as a sportscaster and provided the play-by-play when the New York Knicks captured their two NBA championships in the 1970s, has died. He was 96.  Wolff, who was inducted into the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, died Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y., his son Rick told The New York Times.


Wolff called the Knicks games when they won their NBA titles in 1969-70 and 1972-73, working alongside analyst Cal Ramsey, and did games for the NHL’s New York Rangers as well. He was a fixture at Madison Square Garden events for some 50 years.


Wolff also worked for NBC and was in on the radio call when Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in sudden-death overtime to take the NFL crown in 1958.


Until early this year, Wolff provided sports commentary for Long Island-based News 12, beginning that gig when the cable station launched in 1986.


His memoir, It’s Not Who Won or Lost the Game — It’s How You Sold the Beer, was published in 1996. He’s seen singing with the Senators in the book’s cover photo.


Survivors also include his wife of more than 70 years, Joan. His son Rick hosts The Sports Edge show on Sunday mornings on WFAN radio.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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