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In their words: Remembering Bob Sheppard

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 11, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

“I am deeply saddened by the death today of Bob Sheppard, a good friend and fine man whose voice set the gold standard for America’s sports announcers.  For over a half century, fans were thrilled to hear his unforgettable voice and players were thrilled to hear his majestic enunciation of their names.  Bob Sheppard was a great member of the Yankees family and his death leaves a lasting silence.  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Mary, and their family.”
- George Steinbrenner

“As a player, you looked forward to him announcing your name. For me, there was nobody better. Guys around the league have come and gone, but he was there. You knew he was going to be there.”
– Jorge Posada

“You think about all the great players he’s announced. When you think of the Yankees and the old stadium, there’s no doubt you think about him and what he had done there for the organization, all the great players that he announced. It’s sad. You wish he could have been around to announce at the new stadium, at least a few games there… It’s one of those deals that when you’re with him or when you’re listening to him announce, maybe you didn’t appreciate it as much as you should have.”
– Andy Pettitte

“Amazing. I didn’t know who he was, but when I got there, it was tremendous. Hearing his voice, it’s irreplaceable. You can’t replace a voice like that. It’s outstanding. We’re going to miss that.”
– Mariano Rivera

“Old Yankee Stadium had its own feel to it, and his voice worked perfectly in that stadium.”
Nick Swisher who said he could remember Sheppard’s voice from his trips as a visiting player.

“I remember walking in from the bullpen at Yankee Stadium during my major league debut and hearing Bob announce my name. I thought it was the greatest thing. Three years out of high school, and I’m in Yankee Stadium with Bob Sheppard announcing my name. I had arrived! He was a legend who went about his job with a quiet sense of dignity, and we will never see someone of his stature again.”
– Al Leiter

“Bob Sheppard was an institution, as much a part of Yankees lore as all of the Hall of Fame players. You know you made it in the Majors when you heard Bob Sheppard announce your name at Yankee Stadium. It was always a thrill to hear his voice, regardless of whether I was with the Yankees or with another team. My thoughts go out to his family.”
– John Flaherty

“Bob Sheppard was an icon, not just in New York, but throughout all of baseball. I knew about him when I was growing up in nearby Mount Vernon (N.Y.). Later, every time I played at Yankee Stadium while with the Orioles, it was a treat to hear Mr. Sheppard announce my name. I will miss him. All of baseball will miss him.”
– Ken Singleton

“Bob Sheppard’s voice was the only voice you can think of coming out of the grandest sports cathedral in our country. His stentorian tone was the embodiment of class and represented everything that the Yankees and Yankee Stadium stood for. Yankee Stadium will never sound the same because no one will ever come close to the ‘Voice of God.’ He will be greatly missed. He was a gentleman of epic proportions, and an absolute joy to be around. My thoughts go out to his wife Mary and his family.”
– Michael Kay





57 Responses to “In their words: Remembering Bob Sheppard”

  1. Joba Farnsworth July 11th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    RIP Bob.

    In other news, I heard the Mariners pulled out of their agreement to share the All-Star charter flight with the Yankees….

  2. Pat M. in Seattle July 11th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    As I stated earlier, I remember my first time in Yankee Stadium, I was 8 years old…….Things I recall very clearly from that night, it was a twilight double header, the Stadium was in color, and Bob Sheppard’s voice….I was expecting to hear Mel Allen, Red Barber and Phil Rizzuto……His voice just echoed throughout the place as though it was from heaven……That light green color will always stay with me before they painted the place white with blue trim

  3. MLBTRCommentModerator July 11th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    R.I.P. Bob

    @Joba Farnsworth lol

  4. blackaccord July 11th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    joba farnsworth, was it because of Mike Adam’s ankle issues??

  5. Joe from Long Island July 11th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Great post, on a sad event. May the Yanks win it this year, for Bob Sheppard.

    Early day tomorrow. Good night all.

    Let’s go Yankees.

  6. Giuseppe Franco July 11th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    The Rangers and White Sox are two teams that don’t scare me in the least, especially the White Sox.

    Both the Tigers and Twins would be tougher match ups for the Bombers.

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) July 11th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    The trade market is forming now.

    Teams are in process of deciding wether they are buyers or sellers.

    It will be interesting to see what Cash comes up with to strengthen the team and further minimize any perceived weakness.

    The Eight inning role is certainly a concern.

    And we could use an upgrade from the Pena/Russo combination.

    At this time I do not see Colin Curtis as the answer to the DH platoon
    with Thames.

    We should have our answers soon. :)

  8. gfd July 11th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Beltre had an hamstring injury in todays sox vs Jays game, so he might be out longer than the ASG-break. Hammys are slow to heal.

  9. m July 11th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    A sad day that many in the organization hoped would never come. Thoughts go out to those who were touched by him personally.

  10. Dassit July 11th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Bob Sheppard was what I viewed as the standard for game announcers, when I went to other games in various venues it really struck me how good he truly was and how poor most announcers really are.

    Ya don’t know what ya got till its gone…

    Thank you Mr. Sheppard, your voice helped make every Yankee Stadium visit special. You have been and will be missed. Rest in peace.

  11. Bronx Jeers July 11th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    You know when you enter the stadium and you scan your ticket you hear Mr. Sheppard’s voice…

    “Welcome to Yankee Stadium”

    But it’s hard to hear. They need to turn up the volume on those turnstiles. Bob would not want people straining to hear his voice.

  12. G. Love July 11th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Great job with this post Chad.

    You got wrongly raked over the coals today by a lot of impatient people who couldn’t fathom that you don’t sit here monitoring the blog 24/7 like a hall monitor.

    Don’t take that stuff to heart. People here just need to show a little patience when nonsense like that occurs.

  13. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 11th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Wonderful quotes about Bob Sheppard….what a life he lead. I miss hearing his voice now, but what a great tribute to the man every time Jeter steps up to the plate. Now, when he steps up at the ASG – that will be a very special moment. He was a baseball treasure

  14. Jack Florham July 11th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    For all the talk of Jayson Werth: 1.) He’s a creation of the National League, 2.) He may also be a creation of you know, that other stuff, 3.) He’s wouldn’t be as good as Swish or CG or BG (since the current player’s numbers are off AL pitching (long term, I would take Granderson’s total package over the last 6 to 7 years as generated against AL pitching and projecting out, over Werth any time and twice on Sundays).

  15. pistol pete July 11th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    We need a set up guy and a dh type and the astros are looking to dump salary. Berkman’s in his last yr and Brandon Lyon has this yr and next at 4m/yr. Berkman will cost 7m and is done after this yr. Berkman’s coming around after a terrible start, switch hits, has power, and a decent obp and ops, he’d also like to play for a winner, he’d certainly be better than Johnson was as a dh. It wouldn’t take any high level prospects to do this deal and it fits well for the Yanks as long as they are willing to spend 11m the rest of the yr to plug these 2 holes. Our offense has sputtered lately and has been covered up by playing lousy teams and getting great sp. This deal does not hurt the farm and plugs 2 huge holes. Lyon is an excellent bullpen guy can go multiple innings and is having a decent year. The line up gets longer, Jete, swish,tex,arod,cano,berkman,granderson,posada,gardner. It protects Granderson vs lefts between 2 rightys.

  16. Bronx Born July 11th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Pat, what year was that. I know what you mean about expect Red or Mel. I was just mesmerized because I was going to get to see the Mick. If I remember right it was 1956 a rather magical year. The Stadium looked so big!

  17. Bret the Hitman July 11th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Werth is hands-down the best big righty bat the Yankees could possibly add to this righty-deficient lineup.

  18. Nick in SF July 11th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Dassit, sorry about the World Cup outcome. I was with you and the Dutch.

    I don’t have any particular Bob Sheppard memory from my youth, it was just always a pleasure to hear his voice at the Stadium, and even more so returning after several years. I dont think I even knew he did Giants games until my one and only trip to see them at the Medowlands.

    Every game somewhere else is a reminder of how he was in a class by himself.


  19. rb July 11th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I know someone who lives down the block from where Mr. Sheppard lived. My friend had told me back in May that he wasn’t doing too well, and I asked him to let Mr. Sheppard know that he was missed by Yankee fans. I hope he got the message.

    Rest in peace. It’s just not the same without you, Mr. Sheppard.

  20. rb July 11th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    One of may favorite remembrances of Bob Sheppard:

    Mantle once said, “Each time Bob Sheppard introduced me at Yankee Stadium, I got shivers up my spine.” And Sheppard said to him, ‘So did I.’”;c_id=mlb

  21. Pat M. in Seattle July 11th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Bronx, 1960 was my first trip to the Big Ballyard in The Bronx

  22. an interested observer July 12th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    People here just need to show a little patience when nonsense like that occurs.


    While there is merit to what you are saying, I find it interesting at the number of people who chose to jump all over those who complained.

    That particular troll has run roughshod over this board on numerous occasions, and evidently was never banned. This time, though, he went way too far.

    If it took people getting up in arms to finally put an end to the madness, so be it.

  23. Bronx Born July 12th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Where did you grow up Pat?

  24. Pat M. in Seattle July 12th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Bronx……..Mt.Vernon and then Bronxville

  25. m July 12th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    an interested observer,

    Did you see Chad’s explanation of why he couldn’t delete it? If not, I’ll copy & paste it for you. He didn’t delete the posts because people got up in arms. He deleted them because he could finally get to a spot where he could take care of it.

  26. Bronx Born July 12th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Cool… How long you been on the west coast?

  27. Nick in SF July 12th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Pat M, glad you got to see a good effort from the Yanks today after last night’s unfortunate events.

    I was out at a World Cup party for most of the day, I only watched on DVR forwarding through most of it after the early innings, so I missed some of the intricacies, but it looked like a solid outing for all facets of the game from our squad. Much nicer way to go into the break than the trouble we had in Anaheim a year ago — not that it ended up mattering, but oh the panic here…

    Have a safe trip home.

  28. pistol pete July 12th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Rumors of werth to Yanks for Vasquez and Lilly t the Yanks for prospects. If there’s any thuth to this it’s a steal. Lilly easily washes out Vasquez and Werth is very good. It does create a rotating dh with 4 outfielders but I’d take it.

  29. m July 12th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    pistol pete,

    Where are you reading these rumors?

    Isn’t Werth an everyday player? A RF to boot? Werth/Swish for RF/DH?

    Also, I saw someone mention that Curtis plays deep in CF. Does he have a harder time coming in that Gardner (who’s pretty good at it)?

  30. Jack Florham July 12th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    “Bret the Hitman July 11th, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Werth is hands-down the best big righty bat the Yankees could possibly add to this righty-deficient lineup.”

    …who has only done well against NL pitching, and against AL pitching has only proven himself to be mediocre (at best).

  31. Pat M. in Seattle July 12th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Nick in SF…..I had a small play on The Dutch today……..I’m up on 24 of my baseball over / unders & all 5 of my big plays , although Boston is closing in when projected over the course of 162 games…….Bronx, I moved to Newport Beach after I called it a career in 74, as my folks had moved a few months earlier……..Pistol, I really don’t see a need for Lilly ………I have an early flight out of Sea-Tac tomorrow…….Yanks up by 2 ( not 3 ) going into the break is nice….

  32. an interested observer July 12th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I did see Chad’s explanation, m. I completely understand that he can’t monitor the board all hours of the day (especially when covering a breaking story).

    I think he and Sam are doing a great job, and my post certainly wasn’t meant to disparage the work they are doing. I was simply pointing out that touched a nerve w/some people, and calling them “babies” is a rather simple-minded response considering we’re all on the same side.

  33. Nick in SF July 12th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Boston will come up short, Pat M, as we still have several encounters with them, and those pleasing twofers will put us well over the top and keep them under the number.

    Or that’s the hope, at least.

    But their pace is built on lots of beans and cream pies, the August road won’t be so kind to them.

  34. m July 12th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Ohh. I was one of those people. It’s okay to ask Chad to delete the offensive stuff. But to call out Chad, when it’s clear that he was unable to take care of it was immature (babyish) and uncalled for.

    Short of calling him on his cell to tell him there’s a situation, nothing can really could be done at that moment.

    Impatience for the impatient. Some people seem so ungrateful for the open forum here. No appreciation or consideration for the people who run (or ran) it.

  35. Jerkface July 12th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Part of Berkmans leverage for voiding his no-trade is that the team who trades for him pick up his option. Makes it less attractive as its a 15 mil option.

  36. m July 12th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    As for the World Cup, I’m a fan now. Won’t follow the European leagues or mls, but I did enjoy the few games I watched.

    Was able to watch most of the match today, and yes, I did yell, “YES!” when Spain scored. Looked like Spain is an excellent defensive team and controlled the whole game.

    Banner year for Spain. Two tennis majors for Nadal, an NBA champion for Pau Gasol, and their first World Cup championship.

  37. Comet July 12th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Brett I’m with Jack. Anything from NL, pitching, hitting is suspect.

  38. DaSaint007 July 12th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    RIP Mr. Sheppard. I can remember your voice the first time I heard it in 1976, as I took my seat for the first time in Yankee Stadium. My iconic memories of the Stadium will always be, in this order: getting off the subway and decending the stairs to the plaza, the ‘bat’ outside the stadium, and hearing his voice announce my team.

    I can’t see a Javy for Werth trade right now. Currently, A-Rod, Jeter, Tex, Swisher, Posada and Thames can rotate as DH. Three of those names are infielders, so it would behoove the Yanks to get an infielder with some pop – Ty Wiggington or similar, who can play 3B, SS, and even 1B – Ty Wiggington or similar.

    Gardner, Grandy (and yes, he’s having a dismal season thus far), and Swisher are just fine in the OF, with Curtis and Thames able to sub in either LF or RF, while Gardner can take over CF when he needs to sub for Grandy. As much as I like Werth, I’d prefer to wait and get Crawford – unless this is a hedge just in case Crawford signs an extension, or leverage against Crawford if he enters FA, in which case it’s not a bad idea, as long as you don’t sign BOTH Crawford and Werth. No need for that. I’d keep Swisher in RF over Werth. Proven AL hitting is better than unproven AL hitting any day.

    The pressing need is bullpen help, and I’ve seen mention of Marmol and others. OK, that’s fine, but something similar needs to happen, as our bullpen’s ERA is excessive at the moment, and god forbid the starting rotation starts to come back to earth requiring bullpen assistance.

    In short, power veteran infielder, and an 8th inning arm are priorities, and if that happens, we have plenty of internal DH options available.


  39. BFARBS July 12th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    GT AL starting lineup

    RF Ichiro
    SS Jeter
    C Mauer
    1B Cabrera
    3B Longoria
    DH Guerrero
    CF Hamilton
    2B Cano
    LF Crawford

  40. gfd July 12th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Well well, the Seattle Times has uncovered an unsavory past of one of the trade subjects of the Mariners , in the Cliff Lee trade Josh Luekes.

    It seems Luekes plead no contest to rape, after his DNA was matched to that on the female. The paper is slamming the Mariner executives for not checking Luekes out. The article refers to google, (and do they have plenty on Luekes,) as a resource.

    This article is quite graphic in what happened, and the place where the hospital found his DNA on her body (not where you’d think) it’s sickening to read.

    Womens groups are furious with Zduriencik for his nonchalant attitude toward what Luekes did.

    Mariners finished their 7 game homestand being swept 3 games by KC, and losing3 to the Yankees , going 1-6

  41. Jennifer July 12th, 2010 at 7:48 am

    So the M’s traded for Someone who is up on rape charges but wouldn’t take Someone with a sprained ankle.

  42. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    And, exactly what does this crap have to do with the Yankees? It’s not like the Yankees don’t have their share of questionable characters in their history….and all of the are bigger names than Luekes.

  43. gfd July 12th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    He’s not up on rape charges, he plead no contest, it’s settled. M’s knew about the sprained ankle for months with the the Yankees prospect, they did their homework. They only needed to google Luekes and rape to find out his past.It would seem Luekes is of poor character to say the least.

    Cliff’s next start is Saturday after the AS-break a in beantown, I hope he throws a perfect game!!

  44. Joe from Long Island July 12th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Good morning –

    Re: Seattle – I think the uproar over Luekes is a combination of women’s groups being (rightfully, I think) enraged, couple with frustration with how the team is doing. The business with Adams’ ankle is just a smokescreen, they knew all along he had the injury, just an excuse for the eventual deal with Texas. Looks like Smoak is who Jack wanted all along. Supposedly, Jack was hot over Smoak from when he scouted him.

    Smoak’s playing so badly against the Yankees didn’t help Jack’s profile.

    Off to work. Later.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 12th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The Yanks believe Seattle’s late-stated concerns about David Adams’ ankle were subterfuge designed to stall and give Texas time to change its mind. And the Yanks feel that ruse was unethical. They were told by Seattle late Thursday night that if Adams were included then the sides had a completed trade pending the OK on physicals. On Friday morning, when the Yanks agreed to substitute pitcher Adam Warren for Adams, they were told again that this was a completed deal.

    Yankee officials feel that it is not ethical to keep shopping a deal once there is a verbal agreement and physicals are exchanged; and – in general – executives I spoke to said that once physicals are exchanged it is time to put a moratorium on all other conversations with other clubs. The Yanks feel that it is proper to say something like “we need to get back to one more team before we can agree to this deal in principle.” But not agree and still shop the deal elsewhere.

    I agree that this is not acceptable behavior. But a trade is not a trade until the fat lady sings – or until the paperwork is into the Commissioners Office and accepted by that office. There is a fine line between dishonorable and illegal, and Seattle lived in that realm here. All teams are self-interested, and Seattle clearly acted in its self-interest. But did so without much big-picture thought

    Sherman is such a jerk. How are the Yankees vindictive? If Cash chooses not to do business with the M’s again, he has every right – that’s not vindictive, that’s smart

  46. mikey487 July 12th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    In keeping with the flow of conversation, the Swiss just denied the US request to extradite Roman Polanski. And here I was hoping he’d make an appearance at the All Star game.

  47. JM July 12th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Why anyone would want the Yankees to acquire Ted Lilly is beyond me. As a starter? To replace Javy, who outpitched King Felix the other night. No thanks.

  48. mikey487 July 12th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I agree. Ted Lilly should not be brought back to NY

  49. Cameron July 12th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Man that article on Luekes (horrendous stuff) is a PR nightmare, for Zduriencik, and the slime ball deserves the coming backlash! Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware) was never more true.

    Yankees don’t have that kind of headache!

  50. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I read the article, Betsy. If Sherman is going to call the Yankees “vindictive,” then he needs to cite examples. I prefer to think they have a long memory, and they may not be so quick to do a deal with Seattle in the near future. Of course, under the right circumstances and for a once-in-a-lifetime player, memories disappear and it will be business as usual. I don’t believe the Yankees are an organization that will cut their nose to spite their face, so to speak.

    And it sounds as if the Yankees had a reasonable reaction. There WERE better ways for Seattle to go about this. To do the deal they way they did it, leading the Yankees to believe it WAS a done deal, and then continuing to deal with another team, just doesn’t pass the “smell test.”

    I do think it can be fairly debated which was the better prospect, Smoak or Montero. And it’s no crime that Seattle preferred Smoak. It’s just the way it happened that wrankles.

    But Sherman overstates, as usual.

  51. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    St Louis will be the first team lined up if the Yankees put Javier on the trade block.They lost Lohse and Penny, from their starting rotation.

  52. Rick July 12th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    For the first time in recent years the Yankees don’t have an urgent need to deal by the 7/31 trading deadline although Cashman will try to find an upgrade at DH and a utility infielder if the right deal comes along. As always, he’ll be stealth about any deals.

  53. damon (think 28) July 12th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Sherman was the first to break the Cliff trade story. Cashman doesn’t leak info of trades, Sherman might be in cahoots with someone on the M’s staff for all we know.
    This is the second time with Zduriencik and his shady trade talks with the Yankees, Washburn comes to mind.

  54. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    If Seattle had come back to Cashman and said, “We have one team that offered us this. Can we get back to you?” It would have ended any Yankee deal because after the first exchange, Cashman apparently told them that this was the final offer. take it or leave it. Sounds like the Bill Smith/Minnesota deal again. It will take quite a deal to the Yanks for the two teams to deal again. They haven’t dealt with the Twins since 2007.

  55. Erin July 12th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    New Post- Monahan: “Something you never thought you deserved”


  56. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    There was no shady dealings when NYYs tried to get Washburn. Seattle just demanded more than fair value and he didn’t get it. Those overpayments are a thing of the past. NYYs have no major weaknesses that can’t be filled within and other teams know it and it concerns them A rich, powerful world championship team with no holes and a earlobe deep farm system scares them.

  57. Paul July 12th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    May Bob enjoy all the happiness he has given so many Yankee fans over the years. Thanks to him, it always felt special going to Yankee Stadium.

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