YANKEES LONGTIME PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER BOB SHEPPARD SJP '28, PASSES AWAY
Robert Sheppard SJP '28 passed today at the age of 99, at his home in Baldwin, NY. His wife Mary was by his side.
Born in Ridgewood, Queens, Sheppard began his tenure as Yankees public address announcer on April 17, 1951-Opening Day of Joe DiMaggio's final season and Mickey Mantle's Major League debut. Among the approximately 4,500 baseball games he worked over his tenure with the Yankees were an incredible 121 consecutive postseason contests (1951-2006), including 62 games in 22 World Series.
"Most men go to work, but I go to a game," Sheppard said. "How many men would love to do that?"