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Never keep a legend off his schedule

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 18, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Quick turnaround tomorrow (clubhouse opens at 9:35 a.m.) so no extensive postgame blogging tonight.

But I did want to share this with you:

Bob Sheppard, the 96-year-old stadium announcer, stands at the door of his booth when there are two outs in the ninth inning. Once the ball is on the air or on the ground, he heads for the elevator as fast as he can go.

Which, given is age, is impressively fast.

Mr. Sheppard gets dropped off in the lobby, gets in a waiting car and is on his way home within a minute or two. I suspect it’s a routine he has timed to the second given his 57 years on the job.

I happened to get on the elevator with him tonight and the kid running the elevator accidentally went up a floor before going down. Nobody said anything. Then that unmistakable voice was heard.

“Maybe in 50 years you’ll know what button to push,” Mr. Sheppard said.

Everybody laughed, including the kid. Then the elevator stopped and off went the legendary announcer into the night.

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