Thursday, May 1, 2014
Longtime broadcaster honored at Stadium
By Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame sports announcer Bob Wolff was honored Thursday night by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the "Longest Career as a Broadcaster" in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
Bob Wolff holds the world record for "Longest Career as a Broadcaster."
The 93-year-old Wolff, still working for News 12 Long Island, was celebrated on the field before New York played the Seattle Mariners. He has been broadcasting for 74 years, 6 months, 7 days, the Yankees announced.
The giant scoreboard in center field showed black-and-white photos of Wolff at work with an old-fashioned microphone decades ago. In one shot, he was interviewing Babe Ruth.
Among the famous events Wolff called were Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, both at the original Yankee Stadium.
"No one calls you when you're right, but it's all anyone wants to talk about when you're wrong," Wolff said. "So you have to really work your tail off to be accurate."
Wolff was presented with a plaque behind home plate. He and wife Jane, who will have been married for 69 years on Monday, shook hands with Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"My whole life has been about getting good breaks. If you get good breaks, you get the job you want and you get the woman you want," Wolff said.