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Bob Sheppard

July 11, 2010 by Post Team 

Bob SheppardBob Sheppard:NEW YORK – The New York Yankees said a long time public address announcer Bob Sheppard is dead. He was believed to be 99.

His death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday team spokesman Jason Zillo. Zillo had no further details immediately, but said the team will release them later in the day.

Sheppard began with the Yankees in 1951. His impeccable introductions of the stars of Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter earned him the nickname “The Voice of God.”

Sheppard worked for the last time in Yankee Stadium at the end of the 2007 season, when he became ill with a bronchial infection. He recorded a greeting to his fans that he played in the final match of the original stadium in September 2008. His audio recording is still used to introduce Jeter before each at-bat in his home by the captain of the Yankees.

It is an update to the latest news. Check back soon for more information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees said a long time public address announcer Bob Sheppard is dead. He was believed to be 99.

His death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday Jazon team spokesman Zillo. There were no immediate details.

Sheppard, who had been ill in recent years, began with the Yankees in 1951. His impeccable introductions of the stars of Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter earned him the nickname “The Voice of God.”

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