Bob Sheppard Hangs it Up

Bob Sheppard

Bob Sheppard

At 99-years-old, the legendary voice of the Yankees and New York Giants Bob Sheppard has officially called it quits this week ending a truly iconic era in the booth.

Sheppard was the voice of the Yankees for more than fifty years, serving in the booth from 1951 to 2007 and the New York Giants from 1956 to 2006.

There are few sports announcers who are truly revered in the game like Sheppard was but who else can boast a career of announcing starting lineups that included Yankee legends like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez as well as Giants greats Lawrence Taylor, Frank Gifford, Tiki Barber, and Michael Strahan?

Sheppard’s voice broadcasting through the public announcement system at Yankee Stadium and Giants Stadium was a mainstay for the better part of a century and longtime sports fans saw Sheppard as much a part of New York sports as any athlete or coach.

Although the longtime announcer has not been around new Yankee Stadium much, Derek Jeter made sure to use a tape of Sheppard announcing him into the game. After all, who can forget a slow and deliberate voice coming across the speakers to say “Now batting…number two…Derek Jeter.”

Billy Crystal once quipped that when he gets to heaven, he wants Bob Sheppard to announce him. Perhaps Shepherd’s career isn’t over quite yet…

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