Sunday, July 11, 2010
Bob Sheppard Tribute, Yankee Stadium, 5/7/2000
Bob Sheppard passed away this morning. He was 99. He was known as many as the Voice of God. The 1st time I heard him was in 1965, Of course I really did not think that much about it, I guess I really got to realize how truly special he was is when in the 1989-1990 Season I stetred hearing the style of P A Guys like Paul Porter, the Guy in Miami who does the Heat and so many of the Screamers who are good to get a crowd going who really does not appreciate the game and history of the game, I last got to hear him in 2007 live
Here is ESPN New York story
Updated: July 11, 2010, 11:37 AM ET
Yankees announcer Sheppard dies
ESPN.com news services
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
Bob Sheppard was honored by the Yankees on May 7, 2000, during his 50th season as the team's stadium announcer.
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankeessay longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was believed to be 99.
His death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday by team spokesman Jason Zillo. Zillo didn't immediately have additional details, but said the team would release them later in the day.
Sheppard started with the Yankees in 1951. His impeccable introductions of stars from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeterearned him the nickname "The Voice of God."
Sheppard last worked at Yankee Stadium late in the 2007 season, when he became ill with a bronchial infection. He recorded a greeting to fans that was played at the original ballpark's final game in September 2008. His audio recording still is used to introduce Jeter before each at-bat at home by the Yankees captain.
He told MLB.com in 2009 that he had no intention of returning to the job.
He was also the stadium announcer for the NFL's New York Giants, who played at Yankee Stadium before moving to Giants Stadium, from 1956 through 2006.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.