I know it’s been the better part of four years since Bob Sheppard called games on the PA at Yankee Stadium, but I still think about Sheppard every time I cover a home game. His voice was such a part of the experience at the old Stadium that it’s just impossible not to remember, at least once a day when I get here, how he’d say, “Good evening … ladies and gentlemen” before beginning to announce the lineups. His voice was just magic.
Anyway, I mention this because today is the 60th anniversary of the very first game Sheppard worked. On April 17, 1951, Sheppard began a career that included 121 consecutive postseason games including 62 games in 22 World Series from 1951-2006. Sheppard’s first game, by the way, was also the major league debut for an outfielder named Mickey Mantle. He turned out OK too.
Of course, Mr. Sheppard passed away last summer and, it should be said, his replacement, Paul Olden, does do an excellent job. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t still missed. Especially today.
Happy Anniversary, Mr. Sheppard. RIP.