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One more reason to be thankful

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

To celebrate Thanksgiving, Sam and I listed a few reasons the Yankees should be thankful this offseason. At some point yesterday, it became obvious that we missed one.

Bob Sheppard.

In case you missed the news, the legendary voice of Yankee Stadium has officially retired. Our friend Bryan Hoch at mlb.com had the story yesterday. At 99 years old, Sheppard has no plans of coming back to the booth. It had become clear that he was unlikely  to ever return to any sort of regular role, but we all seemed to be holding out hope.

“I was very much intimate with the action,” Sheppard told mlb.com. “I just felt, in one way, it’s even better to be here than to be up in my booth. This way, I’m comfortable, I have no outside assignments, and I can concentrate on the game… My heart beats when they win, and it stops beating when they lose. That’s part of the game and I did it for over 50 years, so it is nothing new to me.”

Baseballreference.com does not have box scores from back when Sheppard introduced the lineups for the first time — his first game happened to be Mickey Mantle’s first game — but a 2008 story from Sweeny Murti does have the lineups from that April 17, 1951 win against Boston. The Yankees batting order will give you a good idea of just how deeply Sheppard is entrenched in Yankees history.

Jackie Jensen LF
Phil Rizzuto SS
Mickey Mantle RF
Joe DiMaggio CF
Yogi Berra C
Johnny Mize 1B
Billy Johnson 3B
Jerry Coleman 2B
Vic Raschi P

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