Yankees fans paused to remember Bob Sheppard and the voice they often heard during the games, upon news Sunday of his passing. NY1's Ty Millburn filed the following report.
At Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon, hearts were heavy.
Fans were both surprised and saddened by the passing of Bob Sheppard, the Yankees' legendary public address announcer.
“You never met him but you heard him on the announcements and he sounded like a real gentleman,” said one fan. “And he did it the way you're supposed to, treat people, even on the other side, with dignity.”
For generations his unmistakable voice was synonymous with the Bronx Bombers. He was often referred to as the ‘Voice of God’ – working some 4,500 games, including 62 games in 22 World Series.
“That was part of the mystique of coming to Yankee Stadium was hearing Bob’s legendary voice,” said another fan. “It's like part of the family is gone.”
Fans say they will remember the 99-year-old announcer as the heart and soul of the team, both an icon and a true gentleman.
“I was born and raised in the Bronx. All my life he's been the Yankees announcer,” said a third. “From my first game to four or five years ago. He is the voice of the Yankees and no one can replace him.”
“Today the Yankees lost an icon. I mean Bob Sheppard, his voice, everyone knows it when they came to Yankee Stadium, when he was announcing the players,” said yet another fan. “It's really sad.”
But fans say Bob Sheppard's voice and sprit will live on.
“He's such a legacy with the New York Yankees for so many generations, for so long, that I think it's a sad loss for the Yankee community,” concluded a fan.