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Westchester Legend Bob Wolff, Longest Running Sportscaster Ever, Dies At 96

South Nyack resident Bob Wolff, right, with Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
South Nyack resident Bob Wolff, right, with Rockland County Executive Ed Day. Photo Credit: File photo
Longtime South Nyack resident Bob Wolff, right, interviewing Babe Ruth.
Longtime South Nyack resident Bob Wolff, right, interviewing Babe Ruth. Photo Credit: Contributed

Sports broadcasting legend and Hall-of-Fame Bob Wolff, a longtime South Nyack resident, has died. He was 96.

Wolff had been on the airwaves for 78 years, making him the world’s longest-running TV and radio sportscaster, a feat in which he gained notice from the Guinness Book of World Records.

He was the television voice of both New York Knicks' NBA championships in the early 1970s, though his most famous moment came when he called Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Wolff, a member of the News 12 broadcast team since its launch three decades ago, also made his mark in local radio as host of the Con Ed Student-Athlete of the Week interview on WFAS Radio.

Wolff started his broadcasting career in 1939 on the CBS affiliate in Durham, NC while he was a student at Duke University.

He and Curt Gowdy are the only two broadcasters inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame.

The highlight of Wolff's career may have come in 1956 when he called Don Larsen's World Series perfect game for the Yankees.

Wolff is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jane, three children - Robert, Rick and Margy Clark - as well as nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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