Friday, November 27, 2009

The End of an Era: Voice of God retires

Finally confirming what Yankee fans have suspected for a while, Yankees radio announcer Bob Sheppard, dubbed the "Voice of God," officially retired. Sheppard, 99 years young, hadn't worked a game since September 2007 when a bronchial infection forced him to miss the remainder of the season. The great announcer had planned to attend key games at the old and new Yankee Stadiums, including the 2008 All-Star game and the final home game of the season, but his health simply would not permit it.

Sheppard was at the old stadium for some of the greatest and saddest moments in Yankee history, writing and reading poems in honor of Roger Maris hitting his 61st home run and Yankee captain Thurman Munson's death.

But Sheppard will remain a part of the grand tradition of the Yankees. His recorded voice is still heard at the stadium during at bats by Yankee captain Derek Jeter, who only wants to be introduced by Sheppard. And he has a plaque in Monument Park in honor of his 50-plus years with the team. He will be deeply missed. A sad day for Yankee players and fans.

Thanks to I, the Silent Wind of Doom, via Wikipedia for the photo.

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