The word “legend” is tossed around cavalierly, sometimes by this reporter. But there’s no mistaking that News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff as a genuine legend.
Logging 73 years and counting, Wolff was recognized last night by Guinness World Records for having the longest career as a sportscasting. Wolff, who has spent the last quarter-century of his remarkable professional life at News 12 Long Island.
“[I’ve] been so lucky to have had the great opportunity to have a sportscasting career,” Wolff said during the live on-set presentation.
Wolff described his feelings about coming to work every day, even at his advanced age of 91.
“I’m doing something that I enjoy,” Wolff said. “It’s exciting, and basically it is not work.”
“For 25 years, we’ve been thrilled and honored to count Bob Wolff as a member of the News 12 family. Bob is more than a sportscaster—he’s a broadcast legend,” Pat Dolan, president, News 12 Networks and News 12 Long Island news director, noted. “And he’s still hitting it out of the park as evidenced by his recent New York Emmy nomination. His genius and relentless work ethic have been an inspiration [to] scores of young sport professionals at News 12 and elsewhere. Whenever Bob’s on the air, he makes us better. We’re thrilled that he’s agreed to stay onboard.”
Wolff already is a member of several Halls of Fame, and numerous sportscasting firsts. He was at the Mutual Radio mic when the Yankees’ Don Larsen pitched the only World Series perfect game in 1956. Wolff also the 1958 NFL Championship between the Colts and Giants at Yankee Stadium. The first overtime game is considered by many to be the greatest game ever played.
Wolff also has the distinction of being the only person to handle play-by-play championships in all four major sports.
Beginning in 1954, Wolff had an amazing 36-year stint as TV sportscaster for Madison Square Garden, and the many Garden events including the Knicks, Rangers, college basketball, Virginia Slims tennis, and the Westminster Dog Show.