Bob Wolff, legendary sports broadcaster, dies at 96

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Bob Wolff was 96 years old. Wolff served as a mentor of sorts for Carton.

The News 12 broadcaster and sports legend died peacefully at his Nyack home Saturday night.

Throughout his career Wolff interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter, and he was behind the microphone for Don Larsen's ideal game in the 1956 World Series.

Recognized as the longest-running broadcaster in television and radio history, Wolff held the rare distinction of being inducted into both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame for his work on the microphone.

Please listen to the full interview below.

"Bob Wolff was not only one of the seminal figures in American sportscasting, but was part of the very fabric of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, and the New York Rangers, for more than six decades", the Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Network said in a statement.

Having come to Duke to play baseball for coach Jack Coombs, Wolff injured his ankle as a sophomore and instead joined the broadcast team as a student in 1939.

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Wolff attended Duke University and is a NY native. "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".

In addition to calling numerous other sporting events at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, Wolff took on other broadcasting challenges such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Horse Show. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he became an early TV sportscaster in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1940s, then got a job as the Washington Senators' play-by-play man.

The veteran sportscaster is said to have died peacefully at his Nyack home in NY.

In 2012, Guinness World Records certified Wolff had the longest known career as a sportscaster. "His legacy will live forever".

From 1947-1960, Wolff was the voice of the Washington Senators.

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.

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