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Bob Sheppard passed away early this morning at his home in Baldwin, NY at the age of 99.

R.I.P. Bob Sheppard

(October 20, 1910 – July 11, 2010)

“Good evening… ladies and gentlemen… and welcome… to Yankee Stadium.”

“I have one style of speaking,…It’s the same at Yankee Stadium, at home, in the classroom, or when I lector at Mass.”

“Ladies and gentlemen… would you please rise… And now… please offer… a moment of silent prayer… for the service men and women… who are stationed around the globe… and especially remember… those who have lost their lives… defending our freedom…and our way of life.”

On Jeter using his voice: “It has been one of the greatest compliments I have received in my career of announcing. The fact that he wanted my voice every time he came to bat is a credit to his good judgment and my humility.”

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Bob Sheppard has officially announced his retirement from public address announcing after celebrating his 99th birthday and serving more than 50 years for the Yankees organization.

We all know his great legacy by now, as he has been announcing the Yankees lineups since April 17, 1951. His career has spanned approximately 4,500 games, including 121 consecutive postseason games.

The last lineup he announced was recorded in his home for Yankee Stadium’s final game on Sept. 21, 2008. This guy is truly one of my favorite Yankees. It just shows how popular this guy is when you can’t name any other PA announcers in baseball.

The Legendary Mr. Sheppard speaks:

“I have no plans of coming back,” Sheppard said on Wednesday in a telephone interview. “Time has passed me by, I think. I had a good run for it. I enjoyed doing what I did. I don’t think, at my age, I’m going to suddenly regain the stamina that is really needed if you do the job and do it well.”

“I haven’t been well,” Sheppard said. “I had problems breathing for a while, and then I had a loss of weight. Now I’m trying to build myself back up again to get back to the stamina that I had when I played football at St. John’s [University] many, many, many years ago, and life-guarding in the summer. I was at one time, about two years ago, down to 103 pounds.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Bob Sheppard

“Good afternoon (or Good evening)… ladies and gentlemen… and welcome… to Yankee Stadium.”

Robert (Bob) Leo Sheppard or the “Voice of God” has been behind the microphone since 1951. He has announced over 4,500 Major League Baseball games during his broadcasting career. It’s truly remarkable. I have stated my appreciation for Mr. Sheppard many times on this blog, and you really can’t say enough about him. He will never be replaced.

Bob’s stated birthdate according to multiple sites is listed as October 12, 1910. That is not true, according to Sheppard.

He did confirm that his birthday is Oct. 20, not the 12th, as has been reported.

So, that would make him 99 years old today. I know Mr. Sheppard doesn’t like to talk about how old he actually is, but I think it’s amazing and should be celebrated.

Derek Jeter has referred to Sheppard “as much of a Yankee as anybody”, and I couldn’t agree more. I know everyone in Yankees Universe misses him, and we send our best wishes. It’s not the same without him. Bob Sheppard Tribute Video

In a recent telephone conversation, Bob addressed some issues:

“You are putting me on the spot,” he said from his home in Baldwin. “I’ll tell you what. I’m not yet 100, but I’m moving toward it. If God is good, I’ll make it.”

“I’m fair, not great,” he said. “But I’m not dead; I’m alive. I’m not healthy, ready to go to football, baseball or basketball, but I’m alive, day by day.” (more…)

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     Bob Sheppard was on Ed Randall’s radio show this morning on WFAN. It was quite a surprise to hear from him. We haven’t heard from him for a long time now, so it’s good to hear that he’s doing well and getting better. He lost a lot of weight while he was sick, but he is back at “good fighting weight.” He was told by his doctor that when he reached 145 lbs, he would be able to go back to work. He said his current weight is 145.5 lbs. That’s great to hear. Now all he needs to do is work on his stamina. There would be nothing more fitting then having Mr. Sheppard announce the lineup in the first game at the new stadium.

     This is some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time. I can’t wait for his return…

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     I am pinch hitting over at The LoHud Yankees Blog. I wrote a piece about that man behind the mic and what he means to the Yankees organization. I want to thank Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham for giving me the opportunity to participate in his Pinch Hitting series. 

Here is my entry:

“Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Yankee Stadium.” The man who speaks those words has been given the name, “The Voice of Yankee Stadium” or the “Voice of God,” but most fans know him as Bob Sheppard. He has been the New York Yankees public address announcer since 1951. (his debut: April 17, 1951) He was also the PA announcer for the NY Giants of the NFL from 1956-2006. Sheppard has called over 4,500 Yankees games, and has watched them win 22 AL pennants and 13 WS championships. The first lineup he ever announced contained five future HOFers: Dimaggio, Mantle, Mize, Berra, & Rizzuto. Sheppard is known for his longevity and his very unique announcing style. When a player steps up to the plate, he says: Now batting for the Yankees…the players number, his name, and his number again. (Now batting for the Yankees…#2…Derek Jeter…#2)

      Sheppard was originally a speech teacher in John Adams High School & at St. John’s University. He considers teaching his main job. He claims that public address announcing is his part-time job. That same part-time job has lasted 56 years for the Yankees. He believes that the most important thing any public speaker has to have is audibility. Well don’t worry Bob..we hear you loud and clear!

     His booming voice throughout the stadium will never be forgotten, and will always be part of Yankee Stadium lore. Young players and fans only dream of stepping up to the plate at Yankee Stadium and hearing that voice announce their name. Sheppard missed the entire final season at Yankee Stadium. Jim Hall subbed in for him throughout the season. Derek Jeter didn’t feel comfortable of someone else announcing his name, so he had the organization record Mr. Sheppard’s voice. He is the only Yankee with that privilege. It just shows how much the players respect him and how much it means to them. Bob Sheppard is so beloved, that they might even consider using his voice forever.

  • St. John’s university created an award in honor of Bob Sheppard. It’s called the Sheppard Trophy, and it’s given to the most outstanding student-athlete.
  • His microphone has been encased in the Baseball HOF in Cooperstown, NY.
  • To honor Sheppard’s 50th season as the Yankees PA announcer, the team created a plaque in his honor in Monument Park.
  • He has also been given World Series Championship rings and an NFL Super Bowl Championship ring honoring his role with the Yanks’ and the Giants.
  • Bob has also appeared in a few movies, including  Anger Management, 61*, The Scout and The Bronx Is Burning. His voice can also be heard on three episodes of Seinfeld. (The Letter, The Masseuse, & The Chaperone)

     Sheppard has never really mentioned how old he really is. Some sites list his birthday as October 12, 1910, which would make him 98 years-old. That is truly amazing. Mr. Sheppard has stated that he is under contract to announce the first game in the new Yankee Stadium this upcoming season. I think I can speak for all Yankee fans in saying that we wish Mr. Sheppard would get better and return to the new Yankee Stadium. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

“I have one style of speaking, … It’s the same at Yankee Stadium, at home, in the classroom, or when I lector at Mass.” ~Bob Sheppard

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        Chris Pavia has brought back the days of Bob Sheppard and Eddie Layton. He has perfected Sheppard’s voice and the organ playing of Layton. It’s unbelievable.

This was one of the most entertaining e-mails I’ve received in a long time. There’s a  fan out there, Chris Pavia, who has captured the essence of Bob Sheppard and the late Eddie Layton with terrific impersonations of both.

From the YouTube page: “Listen as Chris takes you back in time sitting in your seat 45 minutes before the game and listening to the sounds of Eddie Layton and Bob Sheppard.”He uses his own voice for Sheppard and the same type of organ, two keyboards and drum machine that Layton used at Yankee Stadium from the mid-1980s through 2003.

 Chris is definitely talented – I can taste the hot dogs already. But don’t take my word for it. Turn up your volume and you be the judge and jury. What do you think?

here is a clip…

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     Have you guys ever heard of through the mail (TTM) autographs? Well it’s something I thought my readers would like to know about. I know there are a lot of fans out there that enjoy collecting autographs, so this is for you guys. TTM’s change my entire collection.

     TTM autographs is basically sendng a letter, with a card or two to a player and hoping for a return. These players get tons of fanmail during Spring Training and the regular season, and every once in a while they sit down and sign a few items. I have gotten over 500+ autographs added to my collection this way. (I only started two years ago) It’s a great idea if you are looking to obtain autographs of some of your favorite players, and it’s not expensive. It will only cost you .84 cents! That’s right..just two stamps. If you are looking to send different items..then it will cost more. It’s not automatic that you get a return. A lot of it is luck. I have gotten autographs of legends, rookies, all-stars, & HOFers. I have gotten some amazing successes..such as George M. Steinbrenner III, Brian Cashman, Bob Sheppard, John Sterling, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Johnny Damon, Mariano Rivera, & many more. Don’t expect to get any Derek Jeter autographs. Haha

     Some players refuse to sign. Many players don’t sign at all. I find that rookies and retired players autographs are much easier to obtain. Are you wondering how you get these addresses? You send them to the stadiums and spring training facilities. You can find those addresses here, (All you need to do is sign up, and you can have access to all the stadium and spring training addresses.) or on the MLB team’s official website.

Once you see my collection..I’m sure you will be interested: (this is just a very small sample size of the many autographs I have gotten)

How to send a TTM

Supplies you will need:

2 Envelopes (one needs to be smaller than the other to fit inside. Make sure that the envelope inside is properly addressed to yourself and has a stamp)

Stamps (I always use 2..one on each envelope but it all depends on how much you are sending)

Letter

Card/Photo/Ball/or anything else you want to get signed

Address of the person you are sending to

**After the TTM is sent out please be patient. Some Players/Actors don’t get there mail right away or they are busy and can’t return them immediately. Don’t send something of value as it can be lost in the mail or not be returned.**

You may even get your autograph back a year from now..or even 20 years from now. You never know.

Some sites that I suggest you join if your interested in TTM Autographs: SportsCollectors.net & Sportsgraphing.com

Visit my TTM Autograph Website to see the rest of my collection.. Zell’s TTM Auto’s

     With Spring Training right around the corner..it’s time to start getting ready to send some things out. I first start sending letters out on the day pitchers and catchers report. I hope to get a lot of returns this year. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section. I hope this gets some of you involved in TTM autographs.

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