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Yankees official scorer Bill Shannon dies in house fire

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Terrible news this afternoon about official scorer Bill Shannon who has died in a house fire in New Jersey.

As Sam wrote on Twitter, Bill will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. To give some idea of how much Bill was liked and respected in the press box, here are a few tweets from folks who have been in that press box, and the Mets press box, a lot more than I have…

Kim Jones: “Always willing to laugh and joke around. And a true gentleman. I’ll miss him.”

Bob Klapisch: “He knew (and loved) baseball more than anything else.”

Jack Curry: “Wrote story about defensive indifference, a rule I hate, so I interviewed Bill Shannon. His passion for it and all bb rules was incredible.”

Peter Botte: “A NY press box legend and a guiding hand to all of us.”

Pete Abraham: “Considered best at what he did. A real NYC character. Just terrible news”

Sweeny Murti: “Bill Shannon’s voice was known only to those in the press box, but was as distinctive as Bob Sheppard’s.”

Ed Price: “Horrible news. We’ve lost he best official scorer in baseball”

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50 Responses to “Yankees official scorer Bill Shannon dies in house fire”

  1. Patrick October 26th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    That is so awful :(

  2. Erin October 26th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    That’s awful. :(

  3. kd October 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    terrible news

  4. Zach S October 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Very sad to hear. Just horrendous. RIP Mr. Shannon.

  5. pat October 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Lots of Stadium fixtures have been lost this year- Bob Sheppard, George Steinbrenner, Freddy Sez and now Bill Shannon.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan October 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    That’s so sad.

  7. blake October 26th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    What horrible news. Thoughts and prayers with his family.

  8. Cashmoney October 26th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    R.I.P Bill Shannon…

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan October 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    From Jon Heyman:

    “The Yankees and Joe Girardi are beginning contract talks Monday that are expected to keep Girardi as manager an additional three years.

    Girardi’s new deal is expected to pay him about $3 million a year, according to sources. Girardi makes significant off-field monies, including from Taco Bell”.

  10. Shame Spencer October 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Geez, this is terrible news. I hope he’s able to score a game from the big Stadium in the sky.

    Its kind of ironic actually, the only reason I even came on LoHud today was to see how trisha was doing. Has anyone heard from her lately?

    Sad days all around for Yankee fans.

  11. upstate kate October 26th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Shame
    I asked Fran earlier today. She said Trisha was holding up ok, but still in shock. No surprise there, poor girl.

  12. Tom in N.J. October 26th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Sad news.

    Thoughts and prayers with his family

  13. Shame Spencer October 26th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    upstate kate – thanks for the update. I’m sure she’s just going through the motions right now. Hopefully she’ll be able to stay strong.

  14. Erin October 26th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    NYPost_Kernan Bill Shannon was official scorer and official keeper of the game. The press box at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field just got a little colder.

  15. Tarheel In NYC October 26th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    How very sad to read about yet another death in the Yankee family.

    I wonder if all of the losses these guys have endured this season had an effect on their performance the last half of the season.

    I’ve worked in the field of death, loss, and grief for over 13 years, and I know from experience that multiple losses accumulate (especially over such a short period of time) and can have a great impact on you, both emotionally and physically. It’s not necessary to have had a close relationship with the person or people who died; sometimes just being in close proximity to it can wear you down.

    Of course, this wouldn’t be the sole or main reason; but I suspect it may have exacerbated things.

  16. Erin October 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    BloggingBombers Terrible news about Bill Shannon. One of the nicest guys I knew in baseball. Nobody read a pitching line better. You’ll be missed, pal.

  17. comet October 26th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Sorry to have to ask but what has happened to Trisha?

  18. upstate kate October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Comet
    her brother died unexpectedly

  19. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    From the way the press has responded it sounds like he was one of those rare people that everybody loves.

    What a horrible way to go.

  20. CountryClub October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Man, that’s not the way you want to go out. Awful.

  21. Tom in N.J. October 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I just realized that all the World Series new on ‘Google New’ falls under the news alert heading “Cliff Lee” and not “World Series”.

  22. CountryClub October 26th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Via Melissa Segura, the Yankees have signed 16-year-old Dominican centerfielder Wilmer Romero. The bonus is not yet known, but he was expected to receive seven-figures when the 2010 international signing period began. Listed at 6-foot-3, 185 lbs., Baseball America’s Ben Badler named Romero the ninth best prospect available in this year’s Latin American class (subs. req’d), saying that he “has a projectable, athletic frame with plus speed, a plus arm and plus raw power.” Keith Law (Insider req’d) called him “a potential five-tool center/right fielder.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ero-37520/

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan October 26th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I just read the USA today artile on Cliff Lee. Man, that sure should give Yankee fans pause. The entire Lee thing could not have started worse, the Seattle deal falling through, him signing with Texas of all teams, them beating us and going to the series and now the news detailed in the article. I wouldn’t be a thing on Lee coming here. Hope I am wrong.

  24. Tarheel In NYC October 26th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Fran,

    Would you mind adding my name to the list of people offering their thoughts and condolences to Trish? I have 3 brothers, and my heart just aches for her.

  25. Doreen October 26th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    GB7 -

    If you’re there, just finished with the movie about Piersall. I was riveted. How much is true? Now I have to do some research about him.

  26. Fran the original October 26th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Tarheel, will do.

    Condolences to the Shannon family. What horrible news.

  27. RayVT October 26th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Fran, What happened to Trisha?

  28. comet October 26th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Kate thanks. That is sad and difficult to face.

    Regards,

    Comet

  29. tom tresh 15 October 26th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Tarheel In NYC October 26th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Fran,

    Would you mind adding my name to the list of people offering their thoughts and condolences to Trish? I have 3 brothers, and my heart just aches for her.
    **********************************************************************
    Fran, I am an infrequent poster here but also add my name also

  30. comet October 26th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Fran I know some on here have their differences with Trisha but at this time I think you can assure here that that all of us feel her loss and hold her in our thoughts. Just a very tough situation.

    Regards,

    Comet

  31. Fran the original October 26th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Ray, I emailed you

  32. tom tresh 15 October 26th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Piersall

    ************************************************
    An interesting read on Jimmy Piersall

  33. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Even infamous Yankee-Hater :wink: Pete Abe has Lee headed to the Bronx.

    I’m waiting for the inevitable counter article that has Mrs. Lee extolling the “beauty of Central Park” or something.

  34. YankeeBlue222 October 26th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Sorry I’m behind. What happened to Trish?

  35. Fran the original October 26th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I have sent along all of your condolences, thoughts and prayers to Trisha.I know she and her family appreciate it.

  36. 108 stitches October 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Doreen :

    Like many sports documentaries, the Jimmy Piersall movie had a certain amount of fabrication to it but in truth he did have a nervous breakdown, spent time in a facility, came back to play, and was a broadcaster for several years with the White Sox.

  37. RayVT October 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks Fran!! I got it! I am so sorry!!!!!!!!!

  38. Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    So that didn’t take long….

    Pete Abe tweets:

    In a stunning turn of events, Lee’s agent says idiot Yankee fans “not an issue”

    :lol:

  39. upstate kate October 26th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    thanks Jeers, I guess we can all relax now :)

  40. Joe from Long Island October 26th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I used to live in Chicago, and spent many nights listening to Piersall and Haray Caray doing White Sox games. Now, that was entertainment.

  41. West Coast Yankee Fan October 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Bronx Jeers October 26th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    So that didn’t take long….

    Pete Abe tweets:

    In a stunning turn of events, Lee’s agent says idiot Yankee fans “not an issue”

    ***********

    No surprise there, the agent doing his job. We love everyone, keep them offers coming!

  42. Joe from Long Island October 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Bronx Jeers – There’s a certain, cynical, quality to Pete’s writings that I resonates with me…..

  43. Patrick October 26th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I know Pete now works for the enemy but he’s pretty funny and knowledgeable. He loves to take his potshots at the Yankees but when he isn’t caught up in that, he’s very enjoyable to read.

  44. yanks 27 October 26th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    But the treatment apparently did not change how the Lees feel about New York.

    “The story is not an issue to us,” Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker told ESPNNewYork.com. “Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5729471

    Yet another fire quickly extinguished.

  45. Chip October 26th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Alright – so we all know my true thoughts – Yankee sign Lee, tweek the pen and the bench a little and call it an offseason.

    But what happens if Lee decides to stay in Texas?

    How about this trade:

    Cleveland gets Nick Swisher and Ramiro Pena
    Yankees get Fausto Carmona and Grady Sizemore.

    This is a pure salary dump for Cleveland. Sizemore is due 7.5 mil in 2011 with a 8.5 mil club option for 2012. Carmona is due 32 mil over the next three years.

    If Sizemore’s fully recovered from his injury then he’s a very good, young outfielder and 2 hitter. Also given his injury to his knee the move to LF might serve him well. Why LF you ask…keep reading

    Carmona’s up and down – it would clearly be a high risk high reward move.

    Issue here being of course that Sizemore is wildly popular with the Cleveland fans and they may not want to part with him.

    Follow up that trade by sending Gardner, Joba, Brandon Laird, Ivan Nova to Oakland for Brett Anderson and Craig Breslow.

    Sign Jayson Werth to play RF
    Sign Scott Downs for the pen
    Sign Eric Hinske for the bench
    Sign JJ Putz for the pen

    Now you’re looking at this 25 man roster:

    Jeter – SS
    Sizemore – LF
    Tex – 1b
    Alex – 3b
    Cano – 2b
    Werth – RF
    Posada – DH
    Granderson – CF
    Montero – C

    Rotation:
    CC, Anderson, Carmona, Hughes, AJ

    Pen:
    LHP: Breslow, Logan, Downs
    RHP: Mo, Mosley, Robertson, Putz

    OF COURSE I DON’T ACTUALLY SEE ANY OF THAT HAPPENING

  46. Erin October 26th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    New Post: Lee’s wife unimpressed by New York fans

    :arrow:

  47. YankeeBlue222 October 26th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I send my condolences out to Trish during this unfortunate time of loss.

  48. Rich in NJ October 26th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    RIP

  49. ericns1 October 26th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Rest in peace.

  50. hjeffreyj October 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Yankees’ scorers death ruled an error.

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