- The Washington Times - Monday, January 14, 2002

If you're old enough to remember World War II and its aftermath, you might recall a bright, young fellow who seemed to be the sportscaster for just about every televised game in town back when about 100 people had sets in these parts.
His name was Bob Wolff, and he even had a studio show on Channel 5 called "Wolff at the Door." After a while, he settled down as the "voice of the Senators" on both radio and TV, sharing that title with the locally legendary Arch McDonald.
Bob was pretty good at what he did. He was behind the NBC radio mike when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Forty years later, he Wolff, not Larsen entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in the broadcasters wing.
When the original Nats left town in 1960, so did Wolff. He turned up as a vice president of Madison Square Garden and later as the sports director and anchor at the News 12 Long Island cable station, and he's still there although he's pushing 80 pretty hard these days.
All this came to mind recently when Wolff signed a two-year contract to continue at News 12, where he does two sports shows each weeknight, as well as specials and commentaries. And if we're counting, Wolff's broadcasting career since college has spanned 63 years. Not even Connie Mack lasted that long. Neither has anyone else in sports broadcasting.
I'm not exactly impartial about Wolff, because he enriched a couple of my teen-age summers by hiring me to be his go-fer at Griffith Stadium. When I had to quit the job, Bob wasted no time replacing me with a kid named Maury Povich. Wonder what ever became of him?
Congratulations, Bob, and may you wave forever if you haven't already.

A pug gets restless
Here's a recognizable warning sign for anybody who knows boxing and boxers: Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes says he has grown bored with life behind a desk and will sell his 44,000-square-foot business complex in Easton, Pa.
Hey, what's that sound we hear? Could it be Big Larry beginning workouts in the ring? Why not? he's only 52.
Holmes said he will keep his restaurant and boxing gym in Easton, his hometown, but will relinquish his daily duties as president of Larry Holmes Enterprises. He added, "I just want a place to hang, like my bar, and be done with it. I want to be happy with my little bit of domain, and that's it."
Holmes built the plaza in 1987. He is asking $6million for the complex, which includes a bank, a mortgage company and a federal court. The red-brick complex overlooks the Lehigh and Delaware rivers on Larry Holmes Drive.
Holmes said the sale is all part of the more frugal lifestyle he is living these days. He said he has traded in his Rolls Royces for a sport utility vehicle and sold his fur coats, boats and a second home in Jacksonville, Fla.
Hark now what's that rat-a-tat-tat sound almost like somebody working on a speed bag.

No Wizard need apply
How much does election to the Baseball Hall of Fame mean in the bigger scheme of things. Better not ask Ozzie Smith.
On Tuesday, the Wizard of Oz was voted into Cooperstown. Then he went to New York City and tried to check in at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. But the front desk had no reservation listed and the hotel was sold out.
"How soon they forget," Smith said. "I finally make it to the Waldorf and they have no room for me. They said my life was going to change, and I'm not sure it's for the better."
Hey, Oz maybe you should have tried a few backflips through the lobby.

Muhammad's millennium
Most other famous people probably would be more than satisfied to get "a day" in their honor. In the case of Muhammad Ali, such a mini-tribute must seem practically like an insult.
By way of honoring the champ's 60th birthday this month, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn told Ali during a joint appearance that Thursday will be "Muhammad Ali Day" in the city. The way Ali reacted, Hizzoner might as well have deemed it "Sonny Liston Day."
"All I get is the day?" Ali inquired.
Replied Hahn: "I can give you the whole century. I can give you the whole millennium the Ali Millennium."
Well, almost. Last Friday, Ali got a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. But, Ali said, he doesn't want his name to be walked on by people who "don't have no respect for me."
Not to worry.

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