Who has a career of 78 years?
The late Bob Wolff, that’s who.
The legendary New York based broadcaster started his career at Durham’s WDNC, in 1939, while a student at Duke.
He went on to what the Guinness Book of World Record’s verifies was the longest broadcast career in history.
That’s so long that he covered or interviewed Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Joe Louis, among others.
Just consider a few more names for perspective: Lou Gehrig, Man O’ War, Byron White as an athlete (he later became a Supreme Court justice), Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle, Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Bill Bradley, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Dick Barnett, Sonny Liston, Boog Powell, Curt Flood, Secretariat, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Joe Namath, Pele, Dr. J, Bob Knight and Coach K at West Point, Bernard King, Albert King, Walter Berry, Chris Mullin, Sebastian Telfair, Patrick Ewing, John Stark, John McEnroe, George Steinbrenner, Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
The man was walking, breathing history.
Wolff died Saturday at the age of 96.
It’s hard to imagine anyone having an equivalent career. The former Duke student went a very long way.