He worked for the Yankees from 1977-81 and was media relations director from 1979-80, following Bob Fishel (1973-74), Marty Appel (1974-76) and Mickey Morabito (1977-78) in a quick succession.
Wahl was the team’s chief spokesman at the time of captain Thurman Munson’s death during a 1979 crash while Munson piloted a private plane.
Wahl left the Yankees in 1981 for ABC Sports and was followed by Irv Kaze.
Wahl moved to Cablevision’s SportsChannel as director of marketing in 1984. He relocated to Florida and joined the University of Miami as senior athletic director in 1988.
He joined Sportsline as director of communications and investor relations in 1998 and the Glasure Group as senior vice president in 2005. After a year as owner of Total Dock Care from 2006-07, he joined the Orange Bowl as vice president of communications in September 2007.
He pared back his work schedule in 2020 because of health issues but still was part of the transition to a new communications staff before officially retiring in January.
“He was without a doubt the greatest, and the outreach we have all received here at the Orange Bowl has been tremendous,” said Mike Liotta, who succeeded Wahl as Orange Bowl communications director.
Wahl was divorced. In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Mindy Darwish.