Happy 90th, Bob Wolff
Seven decades since his broadcasting debut and more than a half-century since his two most famous calls, Bob Wolff still is on the job.
Not bad for a guy who turns 90 Monday.
"I enjoy it so much," he said. "If I were wealthy, I'd pay them for the job . . . Mind-wise, nothing has changed for me. I get the same kick out of doing shows that I've ever had in my life."
Wolff called Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 and the 1958 NFL Championship Game.
Those were before my time, but Wolff also was on the scene for my first basketball memory, the Knicks' remarkable victory over Bob Cousy and the Royals 41 years ago Sunday (see video above).
Even though he doesn't do play-by-play anymore, he maintains an office at News 12 Long Island, for which he covers major events, and for which he provides a weekly commentary called "My Point of View."
On Nov. 17 his friends at News 12 threw him a surprise party attended by more than 100 people that featured a series of cakes in the shapes of balls from various sports.
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime tribute," Wolff said, even though he wondered what the fuss was about "just for being around."
"They treated me far beyond anything I deserve," he said.
Wolff has earned his status, of course. And he's far from finished. He said he has another year on his contract.
After that? "[Station president] Pat Dolan said I'm welcome to be at News 12 as long as I want," he said.