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Bob Wolff (Broadcaster) Bob Wolff (Broadcaster)
Born September 25, 1924
TeamsWashington Senators (1947-1960, Minnesota Twins (1961), NBC Game of the Week (1962-1964)
Awards Ford C. Frick Award (1995)

By Patrick Mondout

Bob Wolff is a sportscaster with News 12 Long Island who was bestowed the Ford C. Frick award in 1995 (the equivalent of a being in the "writers wing" of the Baseball Hall of Fame).

Wolff began his career on CBS Radio in 1939 while attending Duke University. By the mid-1940s he was working as a sportscaster for the DuMont affiliate in Washington, D.C. known as WTTG.

He began broadcasting Washington Senators games in 1947 and stayed with the team as it moved to Minnesota in 1961. After a year broadcasting the Twins games, a position opened on NBC's Game of the Week when Lindsay Hunter took a job broadcasting with the Mets and Wolff filled it through the 1964 season.

Wolff gained national attention broadcasting the 1956 All-Star game, which was held in D.C., and called Don Larsen's perfect game later that year for Mutual Broadcasting.

But baseball is just a part of his legacy. He has also done play-by-play voice for eight teams in five different sports: the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's New York Rangers, the NFL's Baltimore Colts, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns and soccer's Tampa Bay Rowdies. He is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

April, 2003, he was inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame.

Broadcaster References

Golden Voices of Baseball by Ted Patterson
Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball's 101 All-time Best Announcers by Curt Smith
And The Fans Roared: The Sports Broadcasts That Kept Us on the Edge of Our Seats by Joe Garner
And The Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sports Events Ever Broadcast by Joe Garner
The Storytellers: From Mel Allen to Bob Costas, 60 Years of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth  by Curt Smith
How About That! The Life of Mel Allen by Stephen Borelli
Where's Harry? Steve Stone Remembers 25 Years with Harry Caray by Steve Stone

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Bob Wolff's autobiography is available from Amazon.com.


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