By now everyone who reads this already knows that Bob Sheppard, long time public address announcer at Yankee Stadium passed away yesterday. Though this is not Mets news it’s not strictly Yankees news either. It’s baseball news.
To most of us who grew up in the New York area hearing Sheppard’s voice for the first time at a game, whether it was a Yankees or football Giants game, is an event that is never forgotten. For me it was when my friends dad got the company field box at Yankee Stadium to take a few of us to a game in celebration of my friends birthday. I was maybe 10 years old (possibly 9).
The first thing I remember was the awe I felt at being so close to home plate (the seats were just to the third base side of the plate but still under the screen). The second was the voice announcing the starting lineups. That voice was that of Bob Sheppard.
I don’t remember anything about the game itself except that Reggie Jackson was playing right field. But I remember Sheppard’s voice saying “Now batting… number 44… the right fielder… Reggie Jackson… number 44.” The sound resonates in my head.
Sheppard died at the age of 99 and will be missed all around baseball.