Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bob Sheppard will not be back

Thanksgiving Day came the announcement that Legendary and Longtime Yankee P A Announcer would not be returning to the Yankees by Officially Retiring at age 99. For many Yankee fans, Yankee players and visiting players, Bob Sheppard was the "Voice of God" and the voice of the Yankees,
I went to my first game in 1965 and last game with him was in 2006. It was such a thrill to hear such class in a announcers voice compared to the Typical P A people of today's games in all the sports who scream at the top of their lungs no matter what the score is, how much time is left or what inning the game is in and also if the stands only have a few hundred fans left, Here in Orlando/Tampa Paul Porter speaks very clearly but he is a cheerleader and that was fine for a 1st year expansion team in a city that never had pro basketball or pro hockey but it gets old after a while, Also every team in Sports has these screamers as their P A Guys,
At Least the Yankees hired former Play by Play man Paul Olden as their new guy, While he does not have the distinctive voice of Bob Sheppard at least he handles the job with class.
To Bob Sheppard, All Yankee fans and anyone who ever went to Yankee stadium will miss you.

Below is links the USA Today and also a Video Tribute posted on You Tube on the day the Yankees Honored Mr Sheppard

Edited at 10:14 pm substituting USA Today report in place of NY Daily News report


3rdStoneFromTheSun said...

99? cool

too bad he is retiring

Steve Lanzone said...

I like the blog! I've added you to my blog links on "Inside Cheez".

I agree on Paul Olden - classy guy, and nice choice. I didn't like the Bob Sheppard sound-alike they used to have fill in...