Sunday, July 11, 2010

RIP: Bob Sheppard

From the New York Times:

Bob Sheppard, the iconic Yankee Stadium public address announcer whose impeccable introductions of stars from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter earned him the nickname ''The Voice of God,'' has died. He was believed to be 99.
The Yankees didn't immediately release additional details but were to do later in the day, team spokesman Jason Zillo said Sunday.
Sheppard started with the Yankees in 1951 and he 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, and his audio recording still is used to introduce Jeter before each at-bat at home by the Yankees captain.
When the team moved into new Yankee Stadium last year, it honored him by naming the media dining room after him.
While Sheppard didn't like to give his age, a former Yankees official had confirmed in 2006 that Sheppard was born Oct. 12, 1910.

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