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Bob Sheppard
Photo of Bob Sheppard by CNBC.

Bob Sheppard
Photo of honorary plaque for Bob Sheppard in Yankee Stadium's monument park. The plaque was dedicated in 2000.

 

 

About Bob Sheppard, Public Address Announcer for the NY Yankees Baseball Team

Born in Richmond Hill, NY - October 12, 1910
Died in Baldwin, NY - July 11, 2010

"the Voice of God"

The following information is excerpted from:

Robert Leo Sheppard, had been the public address announcer for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball from 1951 to 2006, and was also the public address announcer for the New York Giants of the National Football League from 1956 to 2006. The first Yankee lineup Sheppard announced contained 5 future Hall of Famers: Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto. The Yankees played the Boston Red Sox that day, so Sheppard also introduced Ted Williams and Lou Boudreau, for a total of seven future Hall of Famers. During Bob Sheppard's 50-plus year reign as the Yankees' public address announcer, the Yankees have captured 22 American League pennants and 13 World Series championships.

Sheppard was born and raised in Richmond Hill and as a young boy lived at 104-63 110th Street. He later resided as a teen at 107-05 110th Street in Richmond Hill.

Sheppard attended high school at Saint John's Preparatory School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1928. He then attended and graduated from Saint John's University in 1932 where he was President of his senior class and quarterback for the football squad. He earned his Master's degree from Columbia University in 1933.

During World War II he was a U.S. Naval Officer. Lieutenant Robert Sheppard commanded shipboard gunnery crews in the United States Pacific Fleet (1942-1945).

Sheppard was originally a speech teacher in both the New York City school district (John Adams H.S.) and his alma mater, St. John's University, in Jamaica, Queens. Sheppard would continue to serve St. John's as a PA announcer for sporting events, including men's basketball and varsity football, into the 1990s.

St. John's University annually awards the Sheppard Trophy to the most outstanding student-athlete as one of their highest awards.

Sheppard has been awarded both World Series Championship rings, and NFL Super Bowl Championship ring honors in his role with the Yankees and the football Giants. The only other person to share this honor was the late Bill King, the long-time radio play-by-play voice of the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics.

Sheppard has been honored by having his microphone encased in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. On May 7, 2000, in celebration of his 50th season as the Yankees' PA announcer, the team dedicated a plaque in his honor, to be placed in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The plaque calls him "The Voice of Yankee Stadium." Former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite served as the public-address announcer during the ceremony.

Yankee Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson once dubbed him "the Voice of God."