Bob Wolff, legendary sports broadcaster, dies at 96

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Bob Wolff, a versatile and prolific sportscaster whose career spanned 78 years, died Saturday at age 96 in South Nyack, N.Y.

Wolff and Curt Gowdy are the only broadcasters to be honored by both the baseball and basketball halls of fame.

Wolff was born in New York City on November 29, 1920, and began his broadcasting career in 1939 as a student at Duke University.

He eventually moved back to his native NY and was essentially the voice of Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling not just Knicks and Rangers games but also the Westminster Dog Show and just about any other sporting event that took place at the world's most famous arena.

He was a broadcaster at Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling Rangers and Knicks games, which included the Knicks' two National Basketball Association titles.

Sportscaster Bob Wolff has died at 96.

Wolff called Don Larsen's flawless game in the 1956 World Series, the Colts-Giants NFL championship game (the "greatest game ever played" according to many), multiple NBA Finals, the Rose Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and many others.

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Wolff has authored three books -10 Minutes to Massive Arms (1994),' 'Bob Wolff's Complete Guide to Sportscasting: How to Make It in Sportscasting With Or Without Talent (1996),' 'It's Not Who Won or Lost the Game - It's How You Sold the Beer (2011)'.

Wolff played the ukulele and once appeared with several Washington players on NBC's Today show.

In 2012, Guinness World Records certified Wolff had the longest known career as a sportscaster.

He maintained recordings of all his interviews and commentary and donated about 1,400 audio and video recordings, consisting of well more than 1,000 hours to the Library of Congress.

Wolff remained the play-by-play announcer for the Senators until 1960 when the franchise moved to Minnesota to become the Twins.

Survivors also include his wife of more than 70 years, Joan. He also hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester.

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