Sad News from New York this morning. Richard Goldstein of the New York Times reports that long time New York Yankee Public Address Announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was 99 years old.
Nicknamed "The Voice of God" by fans of the club, Sheppard's reputation was well-earned. His clear voice left a lasting impression for generations of fans. Shunning the bombast that many announcers and broadcasters have embraced, he infused his announcements with understated elegance.
Sheppard's exacting devotion to good diction and proper pronunciation made him revered by fans and players alike. When Sheppard's increasing ill-health kept him away from the Stadium in 2008, Derek Jeter requested Sheppard's recorded voice announce his plate appearances.
His career with the Yankees began in 1951 and continued for more than a half-century. In addition to announcing for Yankee home games, the New York Giants hired him to announce their football games both at Yankee Stadium and the Meadowlands beginning in 1956 and continuing to 2005.
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