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Legendary News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff dies at age 96

Legendary News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff dies at age 96

Rick Wolff, Bob's son, confirmed the sportscaster died "peacefully" to CBS News.

As Craig explained on that day three years ago, his admiration for Mr. Wolff went way back, and for good reason.

Bob Wolff, a versatile and prolific sportscaster whose career spanned 78 years, died Saturday at age 96 in South Nyack, N.Y. He called Don Larsen's ideal game for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956, as well as the NFL's "Greatest Game Ever Played", when Alan Ameche's 1-yard run gave the Baltimore Colts an overtime win in the 1958 National Football League championship game.

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He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and won the 1995 Ford C. Frick Award, which is given annually to a broadcaster for "major contributions to baseball".

Before saying goodbye, Wolff offered an honest critique of Craig's play-by-play work.

The broadcaster, who called games for almost 80 years, has been the voice of a number of legendary sporting events. "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".

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In 2012, Guinness World Records said he'd had the longest career of any sports broadcaster. "Bob was a dear friend of the Yankees organization and he will be deeply missed".

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. Through his eight decades of work over the air, Wolff became one of just two professionals (along with Curt Gowdy) to ever be honored by both the Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame. "His legacy will live forever".

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The country's retail sales recorded a growth of 11% in June compared to a year earlier, which was the fastest since December 2015. Industrial production grew at a 7.6% year-on-year clip last month, after increasing by 6.5% in May (consensus: 6.5%).

Wolff served in the Navy as a supply officer in the Pacific during World War II.


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