As the second day of baseball’s general managers’ meetings gets started, I’ll pass this along: Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution — H. Res. 1529 — honoring Bob Sheppard. The resolution was voice voted with no opposition. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04) made the following statement in support.
“Today I ask my colleagues to support H. Res. 1529, commending Bob Sheppard for his long and respected career as the public-address announcer for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.
On July 11, 2010, Mr. Sheppard passed away at the age 99 in his home in Baldwin, New York, in my district.
Mr. Sheppard was a constant in sports announcing for over fifty years.
His distinctive voice was recognizable to both players and fans.
Each game began with his trademark cadence- “Good afternoon ..ladies and gentlemen…and welcome…to Yankee Stadium”.
He performed the role as public address announcer at Yankee Stadium from opening day in 1951 through 2007.
And as the public-address announcer for the New York Giants from 1956 through 2005.
At the age of 62 he announced the World Series games, 2 All-Star Games, and has introduced more than 72 Hall of Famers throughout his career.
He will always be remembered for his clear, concise, and correct announcements and pronunciations, taking pride in the name of every player he introduced.
Bob Sheppard utilized his great oratory skills not only in the sports arena, but as the chairman of the speech department at John Adams High School in Queens and as a professor of speech at St. John’s University.
Bob Sheppard was honored for his fifty memorable years of service as the announcer at Yankee Stadium with Bob Sheppard Day, celebrated on May 7, 2000, and with a permanent plaque in Monument Park behind Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
His memorable voice will continue to live on as the recorded introduction of Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter.
My resolution serves to recognize the legacy of Bob Sheppard and his distinctive announcing style as a revered tradition not only to the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.
But also to the games of baseball and football, and the field of sports announcing.
I want to thank the fifty two cosponsors of the resolution, including members who are fans of other teams.
Additionally, the resolution commends Mr. Sheppard for his fifty-two years of service in the field of sports announcing and his dedication to spreading his knowledge and skill through teaching speech at both the high school and college levels.
Today I salute Bob Sheppard.
I ask my colleagues to support the resolution.”