Bob Wolff was selected as the 10th recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from Fordham University. The late broadcaster passed away at 96 years old in July of 2017. His son, Rick Wolff, will accept the award on Bob’s behalf.
The award will be presented on Nov. 1, at “On the Record: A Celebration of Achievement in News and Sports Broadcasting,” a benefit for WFUV, in the Costantino Room at Fordham School of Law. That same evening, Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill will receive the Charles Osgood for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award.
CBS Evening News interim anchor and co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday Anthony Mason,” will host an armchair discussion with Rick Wolff, Bob’s son, and Woodruff, reflecting on two extraordinary careers. Alice Gainer, CBS 2 reporter and co-anchor for WLNY-TV News, will serve as emcee for the evening.
Prior to his passing, Wolff was informed by Vin Scully he was to receive the award this fall. Michael Kay, television voice of the New York Yankees on the YES Network, will make the presentation on Scully’s behalf.
Wolff is credited as the only sportscaster to call the play-by-play of championships in all four major professional team sports – the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Stanley Cup. Wolff and Scully share a previous connection as they were on separate play-by-play calls of the Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the World Series.
Previous Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Scully as the inaugural honoree (2008), Dick Enberg (2009), Ernie Harwell (2010), Pat Summerall (2011), Al Michaels (2012), Bob Costas (2013), Verne Lundquist (2014), Mike “Doc” Emrick (2015), and Brent Musburger (2016).