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Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff (Sportscaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1920.)  Acknowledged as the longest-running sportscaster in television history, Robert A. Wolff has been on the New York sports scene since 1954.  Wolff began in Washington, D.C., in 1946 with the old DuMont Network.  He became the Knicks television voice in 1954, beginning an association with Madison Square Garden that lasted 36 years.  Wolff was the lead announcer on the Knicks through 1975 and continued to fill in for another five years.  He also called Rangers games for 20 years, the E.C.A.C. Holiday Festival tournament for 29, the National Horse Show for 32, and the Westminster Kennel Club dog show for 33.  Wolff began doing Washington Senators baseball in 1947 and followed the team to Minnesota in 1961.  He never covered a New York baseball team regularly, but did call three Yankees World Series on radio:  1956 for Mutual, and 1958 and 1961 for NBC.  Wolff’s call of the ninth inning of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 Series (“A no-hitter!  A perfect game for Don Larsen!”) is one of the game’s classic moments.  He also did some Mets games in 1995 for SportsChannel.  Wolff has done N.F.L. championship games, the Stanley Cup final, and the N.B.A. championship series, as well as the World Series.  Wolff began, in 1986, to deliver twice-nightly sportscasts for News 12 Long Island.  He was also a long-time professor at St. John’s and Pace universities.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke (where he played baseball), Wolff was a Navy officer during World War II.

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