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'Voice of God' passes away at 99

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 11, 2010 12:51 PM

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It's a sad day in baseball. Bob Sheppard, the long-time public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, passed away at the age of 99.

According to the Yankees, Mr. Sheppard passed away this morning at his home in Baldwin, N.Y., with his wife, Mary, by his side.

The team’s public address announcer from 1951-2007, Sheppard became nearly as much of a part of the team’s lore as the players he introduced to crowds. His meticulous pronunciations were widely mimicked but never duplicated. He was known as the "Voice of God."

Sheppard also announced New York Giants games at Yankee Stadium and Giants Stadium from 1956-2005.

Sheppard’s first game with the Yankees came on April 17, 1951. The lineup that day included eight players who go on to become Hall of Famers – Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize and Phil Rizzuto of the Yankees along with Bobby Doerr, Lou Boudreau and Ted Williams of the Red Sox.

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