Now turning 99, the public announcer, Bob Sheppard, now turning 99


It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news from Bob Sheppard. Although the Yanks’ nonagenarian public address announcer in April denied reports that he was retiring, Yankee Stadium was Sheppard-less throughout its first season, and Sheppard had not been at a Yankee game since late 2007 before he fell ill with a bad bout of pneumonia. Today, is Sheppard’s birthday, and the long-time Voice of the Yankees is turning 99. The Queens native had a great run in the Bronx, and millions of us associate him with the Yankees. So wherever he is and however he is feeling, I tip my cap to the man born before World War I.

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  1. Joey says:

    Happy birthday Mr. Sheppard! My best wishes to you

  2. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Happy birthday Bob!

    Common sense tells us that he won’t be at any more games, but I hope it’s not true anyway.

  3. JSquared says:

    Happy Birthday Bob!

  4. Sam P. says:

    I remember being at YS as a kid in the 80′s and I loved to hear him announce Donnie’s name and number over the PA system …

    Funny the things that stick with you so vividly in your mind from your childhood!

  5. Happy birthday, Mr. Sheppard

  6. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Happy B-day Bob

    One of ma favorite names he use to mentioned over the pa system was shigetoshi hasegawa it sounded so kool how he used to say it.

  7. thurdonpaul says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Sheppard !!!

    Ben, Great job in bringing this up, Thank You

  8. JGS says:

    Happy birthday to the Voice of Mo

  9. Mark B says:

    All the best for a Happy 99th, Bob!

  10. ND Mike says:

    Happy birthday Bob. Rest up and come back soon.

  11. The Artist says:

    Happy birthday Mr Sheppard, and I’m still hoping you’ll do a cameo one of these days. You have been missed.

  12. Mike Nitabach says:

    I have missed him since he has been unable to work the games, and wish him the best. I will always associate his voice with the many games I attended at the old Yankee Stadium.

  13. Mike says:

    Maybe a surprise appearance if they make it to the WS?

  14. BronxBum says:

    According to The LoHud Yankees Blog…today is not his real birthday

  15. scoopemup says:

    A Yankee through and through.A plaque awaits you sir.

  16. Captain Bawls says:

    I believe Mr. Sheppard is still at his home in Baldwin, Long Island. I actually got semi-acquainted with him, because when I lived in NY he and his wife went to the same church as I did and my mom was friends with his wife. He even used to say the readings now and then when he was healthier, but I was little and too naive to appreciate it.

  17. chris says:

    For those who miss Bob as much as I do-check out my tributes to Mr.Sheppard and Eddie layton on youtube. Just Click on my Name “Chris Pavia”

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