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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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