Bob Wolff, who won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award in 1995 and called Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees during the 1956 World Series, has died. He was 96.
Wolff's sports broadcasting career began in 1939, and spanned a record eight decades. He was also behind the microphone for one of the most famous professional football games in history, the Baltimore Colts' victory over the New York Giants in the 1958 NFL championship game.
"Bob Wolff's iconic, Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character," the Yankees said in a statement released by the club. "Beyond his lifetime of professional accomplishments, he was a man of great grace and dignity, serving his country with honor, and proudly calling New York home. Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed."
In 1947, Wolff became the first television play-by-play broadcaster for the Washington Senators. He also served as a play-by-play broadcaster along with Joe Garagiola for NBC's baseball "Game of the Week" in the early 1960s.
Wolff broadcast New York Knicks and Rangers games, along with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden for more than half a century, including two NBA championships for the Knicks. In 2014, he was honored at Yankee Stadium by the Guinness World Records for the longest career in sportscasting.
The Nationals named the home broadcast booth at Nationals Park the Bob Wolff Suite in Wolff's honor in 2009. Wolff was most recently a sports commentator for cable TV station News 12 in Long Island, which he joined upon its inception in 1986.
"Bob Wolff was a broadcasting legend," MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi said. "More importantly, he was an incredibly warm and thoughtful man, to whom I am eternally grateful."
Wolff, who passed away in South Nyack, N.Y., on Saturday, is survived by his wife, Jane, his sons Rick and Robert, his daughter, Margy Clark, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.