Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Wolff died on Saturday in South Nyack, N.Y., at the age of 96.
Wolff is known as the longest running sportscaster on TV and radio, having been on the airwaves for 78 years. Wolff is the only broadcaster in history to do play-by-play for the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Final and National Football League championship game (now Super Bowl).
Wolff began his broadcasting career in 1939 while he was studying at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
The genial Wolff called the Knicks games when they won their National Basketball Association 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 and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to receive both honors.
Wolff continued working through this year, delivering sports commentaries for News 12 Long Island, a cable-only station.
With the Washington Senators, Wolff often had to act in commercials on live television.
In addition to his life in sports, Wolff also had a prominent role in World War II and talked about the ankle injury he suffered while playing baseball at Duke that led to his life in broadcasting. He also hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester. "Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling NY home".
"Bob Wolff was not only one of the seminal figures in American sportscasting, but 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", the Knicks said in a statement released on Sunday.
A native New Yorker born on November 29, 1920, Wolff grew to become one of sports broadcasting's iconic voices.
He is survived by Jane Wolff, his wife of 72 years, sons Dr. Robert Wolff and Rick Wolff, daughter Margy Clark, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.