Steinbrenner & Sheppard pass away

Photo Credit: 2006 AP File

Just two days ago legendary Yankee public address announcer, Bob Sheppard, passed away at age 99, legendary Yankee owner, George M. Steinbrenner passed away at age 80 after suffering a heart attack.

Bob Sheppard served as the Yankees public address announcer from 1951 until 2007 when he made his last trip to Yankee Stadium. Throughout his storied career Sheppard has introduced the likes of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra to Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter. Bob Sheppard will forever be remembered as the irreplaceable Voice of the Yankees. He will continue to be heard off a pre-recorded tape at Yankee Stadium every time Derek Jeter comes to bat, and his unforgettable voice will always be in our heads along with his great legacy.

Photo Credit: Howard Schatz of SI

Just two days after Sheppard’s passing the most influential man in the history of sports has passed away this morning. George Steinbrenner had been in declining health the past few years and this morning he died in a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack. Without Steinbrenner the Yankees would most certainly not be where they are today at the top of the sports world. When Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973 they were a struggling team, who in all honesty, were not very likable. Steinbrenner expanded the Yankees into a world icon and won seven championships along the way. Steinbrenner was famous for his tirades and emotional outbursts but he was also a loyal, kind, and generous man. In his early days he may have appeared to have been a scary man on the outside,but his players respected him and many loved him.

Today is an incredibly sad day in the Yankee Universe, but at least George went out on top winning a championship last year. We all know George only cared about winning and breathing. George Steinbrenner will always be remembered as the greatest and most influential figure in the history of sports.

Rest in peace, George and Bob.

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5 thoughts on “Steinbrenner & Sheppard pass away

  1. These 2 huge parts of the Yankee organization will be deeply missed by not just Yankee fans but all of baseball. As for Mr. Steinbrenner he will be missed around the world. I heard a nice saying about Bob Sheppard and it goes like this, “the voice of God is now in heaven.” Hands down Sheppard was the BEST announcer in the MLB as well as the boss being the best owner there was. This was a very tough week for Yankee fans… [R.I.P. Bob & George]

  2. Great pictures Chris. I have not been by in awhile but you’ve steadily upgraded the pictures and site. Nice work. and the tributes and facts are also well written.

    • Thank you very much, that means a lot coming from someone who writes as well as you do.

      I really can’t believe George is gone, and while it was hard not to see it coming for Sheppard, he will be missed as well.

  3. Yes I agree with both of you. Hope Hal Steinbrenner and Hank Steinbrenner will do a wonderful job of keeping prospects and getting the marquee free agents. And don’t sell the team to James Dolan!

    • Yeah, I feel very confident with Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman running the team. Hal has done an excellent job controlling the budget but still spending like his father.

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