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This new Derek Jeter commercial is set to air tonight during the MLB All-Star Game tonight. Much like last year’s Rivera tribute, tonight will be more like a “Derek Jeter Special” than an all-star game. All eyes on Derek.

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Derek Jeter stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday and put on quite a show. He sat down for an interview and stuck around for a second segment to do a musical skit. If you haven’t noticed already from his pre/post game interviews or the press conferences he’s held, Derek’s got a great sense of humor.

What we learned:

  • Derek Jeter is willing to host SNL again if Fallon is involved.
  • He once allowed Fallon to pick up the tab in a club..costing him $2500.
  • Fallon once accidentally kissed Michael Jordan on the lips at one of Derek’s parties.

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George M. Steinbrenner III “The Boss” (80, 1930-2010)

Bob Sheppard “The Voice of God” (99, 1910-2010)

Ralph Houk “The Major” (90, 1919-2010),

Gil McDougald (82, 1928-2010)

Gil McDougald starred for some of the great Yankees teams of the 1950s.

Maury Allen (78, 1932-2010)

Bill Shannon (69, 1941-2010)

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“I want to get the fans into the action. I don’t look for the glory for myself.” -Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman

As most of you have heard by now, Freddy ‘Sez’ Schuman passed away at Lenox Hill Hospital yesterday after suffering from a heart attack on Friday night. He was 85.

In the same year, the Yankee family also lost George M. Steinbrenner III, Bob Sheppard and Ralph Houk. He was a “Super Fan”, a Yankee Stadium fixture and was said to be one of the most genial people you could ever meet. With frying pan and spoon in hand, he would walk up and down the stairs of the great cathedral, stirring up the crowd. He would interact with the fans, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. He couldn’t believe that others wanted his autograph, considering he was only a fan of the team. Just last week, people were banging on his shamrock frying pan and shaking his hand, so this caught people by surprise. He was even in a recent Nike commercial (at the 52 second mark). It seemed like he would always be there. I think I can speak for all Yankees fans, in saying that he will be deeply missed. He was as passionate as they get.

Will the Yankees organization have a moment of silence tonight to honor one of their most dedicated fans? According to a bleacher creature, they did it for original Cowbell King Ali Ramirez back in 1996.

Update: 5:00PM ET: According to Kim Jones, the Yankees will honor Freddy “Sez” Schuman with a moment of silence before tonight’s game.

An old friend of Freddy Schuman, Howard Goldstein, recently contacted me after he heard the news of his passing. This man used to take Freddy out for lunch in Manhattan (and then over to the stadium for the game). Howard wanted to share some memories of his friend, and I thought it would be a great idea. I would like to thank him for sharing these stories.

Fond recollections of my friend, the one and only Freddy Schuman  By: Howard Goldstein    

 

I met Freddy “Sez” in the early 1990s, around the time that my son David was born.  This was about the same time that I began to resume being a serious baseball fan, after having been only a casual one for the prior decade.  When I first saw Freddy do his frying pan thing at the old Yankee Stadium (the only real Yankee Stadium in my opinion), I immediately was reminded of the stories that my Dad (a lifelong Brooklynite) had told me about the uber-fan Hilda Chester of his beloved Dodgers.  Freddy appealed to my sense of baseball as a game which, above all else, was supposed to be about having fun. Freddy also appealed to my sense of passion since, when it came to the New York Yankees, I knew of nobody who had greater passion.
 
 Although I did not have much of a rooting interest in those days for either the Yankees (who were my childhood team), or the Phillies (for whom I rooted since moving there in 1978), I nonetheless for a number of years had been a collector/budding historian of all things related to Jews and baseball.  It was Freddy’s Jewish roots which made him of particular fascination to me. I remember approaching Freddy outside the Stadium one day and telling him about my interest in that subject.  As someone proud of his Jewish heritage, Freddy liked hearing me tell him oddball stories about the Jewish ballplayers and others whom I followed.
 
 Over the years my interest in baseball itself, both in the Yankees and the Phillies, grew exponentially to the point that I now have season tickets in both cities.  As a result, I probably came to the Bronx (on average) at least a dozen times per season.  During this period I had begun to email with Freddy and then went to his apartment where I marveled at the incredible number of signs that he had stored from prior years.  I remember buying a few of those from the 1996 World Series and thinking what wonderful works of folk art they were.
 
 It was at this visit that Freddy and I had our first lunch.  I greatly enjoyed talking to him because his passion for the Yankees poured out of every pore.  Freddy regaled me with wonderful stories that day and I hoped it would be only the beginning of many such get-togethers.  From then on, I continued to email with Freddy and also would try to meet him at least once a season for lunch and then drive him to the Stadium for the ballgame that day.  At one of these get-togethers, Freddy graciously agreed to give me one of his precious frying pans so that I could use it when I eventually mount a museum exhibit on Jews and Baseball.  Such an exhibit probably will occur within the next several years, and at that time I will joyfully display the pan (and one of his unique signs) in honor of my warmly remembered friend Freddy.
 
 There will be nobody to replace Freddy “Sez”, and for that the new Yankee Stadium will be the poorer.  The type of daily dedication and passion which Freddy exhibited towards his beloved Yankees is basically a relic of the past (though the real Bleacher Creatures are similar in certain respects.)  What a year this has been for the Yankees. what with the passing of Steinbrenner, Bob Sheppard, Ralph Houk and now Freddy “Sez”.  I just know that Freddy is in heaven arguing with George about the over-the-top size of his Monument Park statue.  If it were up to me, I would put one there of Freddy because the joy that he brought to innumerable Yankees fans over the years was priceless.

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If you missed some of the coverage over the past few weeks, here are some tributes the Yankees put together in honor of Steinbrenner and Sheppard:

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From the Yankees PR Department:

To honor the memory of Houk, Yankees will wear black armbands on the left sleeve of their jerseys for the remainder of the 2010 season.

The Yankees players and coaches wore black armbands on their left sleeve in honor of George M. Steinbrenner III at the Midsummer Classic, but that was only temporary. Soon after, the organization came up with a patch for both Sheppard and Steinbrenner. The armband honoring Houk will remain for the rest of the season.

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According to the Associated Press, Ralph “The Major” Houk, passed away at the age of 90 this afternoon. The Yankees organization has taken another hit, as they’ve already been mourning the loss of Bob Sheppard and George M. Steinbrenner III.

Houk played for the New York Yankees from 1947-1954. A few years later, he became Casey Stengel’s successor as manager of the ball club. He managed the team from 1961–1963, and had a second stint from 1966–1973. He won two World Series championships as manager in 1961 & 1962, and won the 1963 AL pennant.

He also managed the Detroit Tigers (1974–1978) and Boston Red Sox (1981–1984). Ralph won 1,619 games during his 20-year career, which ranks 14th on the All-Time Managerial Wins list.

R.I.P. Ralph Houk

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With the Cliff Lee saga, the passing of Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner, this press release concerning Old-Timers Day was buried under all of it. For those planning on attending, this is a must-read. I just purchased tickets to the game, and it will be a Yankee first for me. It should be a great experience.

Press release from the New York Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced today that seven members of the 1950 World Championship team will be on hand at the 64th annual Old-Timers’ Day on Saturday, July 17, at Yankee Stadium. Introductions are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow, both of which will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then host the Tampa Bay Rays at 4:05 p.m., airing on FOX.

The Old-Timers are headlined by seven members of the Yankees’ 1950 World Series-winning club, including Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, as well as Jerry Coleman, Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, Charlie Silvera and Hank Workman. For Johnson, Pillette and Workman, this year will mark their first Old-Timers’ Day appearances. Dr. Bobby Brown, Ralph Houk and Fred Sanford were invited, but will not be able to attend the event.

Also in attendance will be Hall of Famers Rich “Goose” Gossage and Reggie Jackson, along with 2009-inductee Rickey Henderson. In addition, Cecil Fielder will make his Old-Timers’ Day debut.

Joining the Hall-of-Famers and members of the 1950 Yankees club on the baselines will be more than 30 additional former Yankees and the widows of four legendary Yankees—Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim “Catfish” Hunter; Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer; and Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson.

Those scheduled to attend: Luis Arroyo, Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Ron Blomberg, Homer Bush, Rick Cerone, Chris Chambliss, Horace Clarke, Jerry Coleman, David Cone, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Mike Easler, Dave Eiland, Cecil Fielder*, Whitey Ford, Oscar Gamble, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Arlene Howard, Helen Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Don Johnson*, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Hector Lopez, Lee Mazzilli, Gene Michael, Diana Munson, Kay Murcer, Jerry Narron, Jeff Nelson, Graig Nettles, Joe Pepitone, Duane Pillette*, Mickey Rivers, Charlie Silvera, Bill “Moose” Skowron, Aaron Small, Mel Stottlemyre, Ralph Terry, Mike Torrez, Bob Turley, Roy White, and Hank Workman* (*First-Time Old-Timer)

I’m sure that there will also something special planned for both Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner.

Courtesy of the NY Daily News

Courtesy of the NY Daily News

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Here is a press release from the NY Yankees:

To commemorate the lives and recognize the passings of former Principal Owner / Chairperson George M. Steinbrenner III and longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard, the Yankees will don uniform patches for the remainder of the season, beginning with Friday’s game vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.

The Steinbrenner commemorative patch will be worn above the interlocking NY on the left breast of the Yankees’ home jerseys and above the letters “YORK” on the left breast of the Yankees’ road uniforms. Both locations are over the heart.

The Sheppard commemorative patch will be worn on the left sleeve of the Yankees’ home and road jerseys.

At tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif., Manager Joe Girardi, Yankees players and Yankees coaches will wear black armbands on their left sleeves in honor of Mr. Steinbrenner’s passing.

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"The Boss" is often found observing spring training up close, bat in hand.Here are a couple of notes I thought you should know about:

Derek Jeter will have Bob Sheppard’s recorded voice introduce him tonight at the All-Star Game. “It’s a great idea,” Jeter said. “He deserves it.”

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported that Major League Baseball will have a moment of silence for Steinbrenner before tonight’s All-Star Game. Flags are also being flown at half staff in his honor.

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Hurley/Daily News

Hurley/Daily News

Yesterday, the New York Yankees organization and the game of Major League Baseball lost a legendary sports icon. Yankees’ longtime PA announcer, Bob Sheppard passed away at the age of 99.

You always heard about how classy, eloquent and polite this man was from everyone that knew him. Even those who met him one time, or for just a few seconds were in awe of this legendary man. Growing up, any kid wishing to become a major league ballplayer one day, always dreamed of having Bob Sheppard announce their name as they walked up to the plate. It wasn’t just any ordinary old man behind the microphone, but it was considered an honor and a privilege to have him announce your name. Sheppard’s voice would send shivers down your spine.

His unique voice was synonymous with the New York Yankees. He always followed the three C’s: Clear, Concise, Correct. That was his approach every time he walked into his booth. I remember there were once plans to record his voice,  so it could be played throughout the stadium forever. I think that just about sums up how much he meant to this franchise. He was dubbed, “The Voice of God” by Reggie Jackson. To us Yankees fans, he really was.

According to ESPN, Bob is survived by his wife, Mary, by sons Paul and Christopher, daughters Barbara and Mary, four grandchildren & about nine great-grandchildren. With Derek Jeter still planning on using the recording of Sheppard’s voice, we will still be able to hear his golden pipes throughout the stadium for many more years. His voice hasn’t gone silent, because it will echo through the bowels of Yankee Stadium in our minds forever.

“I know St. Peter will now recruit him. If you’re lucky enough to go to heaven, you’ll be greeted by a voice, saying: ‘Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to heaven!’”-Paul Sheppard

“Most men go to work, but I go to a game.” -Bob Sheppard

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