The New York Yankees said today that longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. He was 99 years old.
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo confirmed Sheppard's death to the AP this morning. Zillo said the team would release more details later today.
Nicknamed "The Voice of God" because of his booming player introductions, Sheppard worked at Yankee Stadium from 1951 to 2007. He announced more than 4,500 baseball games, and he saw the Yankees win 13 World Series championships.
In 2007, Sheppard became ill with a bronchial infection. Since then, his voice has reverberated throughout the ballpark -- an audio recording he made in 2008 still introduces Derek Jeter before each home at-bat: "The shortsop ... number two ... Derek Jeter ... number two."
Sheppard was also the PA announcer for the New York Giants from 1956-2006.
Before his time with the Yankees, Sheppard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taught speech classes and was a PA announcer at his alma mater, St. John's. Sheppard often said that his work as a speech teacher was more important than his work as an announcer.
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