Yankees' 'Voice of God' dies at 99
Bob Sheppard, the iconic Yankee Stadium announcer who was known as the "Voice of God" for his introductions of baseball stars over more than half a century, has died. He was 99.
Mr. Sheppard's debut as the New York Yankees' announcer was April 17, 1951, when players included Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. He stayed with the team until 2007, and the team still uses his recorded introduction for Derek Jeter.
"When you hear his slow, dignified speech, which has such cadence you think every pitching change is the Gettysburg Address, you wonder whether its divine quality is holding the foundation of this old ballpark together," wrote Stephen Borelli on the USA Today web site.
Here's a tribute to Mr. Sheppard from the year of his retirement:
July 11, 2010; 12:09 PM ET
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