Revered Yankees PA man Sheppard dies at 99

Monday, July 12, 2010
FILE - In this April 21, 2006, file photo, New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard pauses from his work for a photograph before the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Yankees say longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard has died. His death was confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday, July 11, 2010 by team spokesman Jason Zillo. Sheppard started with the Yankees in 1951. His impeccable introductions of stars from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter earned him the nickname "The Voice of God." (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

NEW YORK -- Bob Sheppard, whose elegant introductions of stars from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium for more than a half century earned him the nickname "The Voice of God," died Sunday. He was 99.

The revered public address announcer died at his Long Island home in Baldwin with his wife, Mary, at his side, the Yankees said.

Sheppard started with the Yankees in 1951 and he last worked at Yankee Stadium late in the 2007 season, when he became ill with a bronchial infection.

He recorded a greeting to fans that was played at the original ballpark's final game on Sept. 21, 2008, and his audio recording still is used to introduce Jeter before each at-bat at home by the Yankees captain.

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