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Date of Birth 20 October 1910Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, USA
Date of Death 11 July 2010Baldwin, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Leo Sheppard
Nicknames The Voice of God
"The Voice of the Yankees"

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Sheppard is the legendary public address announcer and "voice" of Yankee Stadium since 1951. Bob was a speech teacher in the New York City school system and at St. John's University when he joined the Yankees. Yankee officials heard him deliver a tribute to Babe Ruth at a local football game in 1948. They offered him a job on the spot which he did not accept until 3 years later when the Yankees guaranteed him an understudy so his duties with the team would not interfere with his teaching. His clear, concise, and correct speaking style has been heard during a record 52 baseball seasons, 21 World Series and two All Star Games. He's also been the voice of football's New York Giants since 1956. He's especially known for his articulate and touching tributes to baseball greats, personalties, those lost on 9/11, and to the members of our Armed Forces. He has been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY where is microphone is enshrined. Bob is married with four adult children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paul Doherty

Spouse (2)

Mary Hoffman (1961 - 11 July 2010) (his death)
Margaret (? - 1959) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (5)

Public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, 1951-2007. His rich, resonant voice and eloquent style are still the standard by which other stadium PA announcers are judged.
First Yankees game behind the microphone was 17 April 1951. Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra were in the Yankees lineup; Ted Williams was in the Boston Red Sox lineup.
NFL New York Giants public address announcer, 1956-2006.
B.A. in speech (St. John's); M.A. (Columbia)
An executive for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America Football Conference heard him announcing a charity football game. The Dodgers hired him but folded after one season (1948). He then went to work for the football New York Yankees. He did not accept an offer from the baseball Yankees until Yankee P.R. director Red Patterson agreed to hire him an understudy for Monday-Friday day games during April, May, and early June when he was needed at John Adams High School in Queens, New York City as the head of its Speech Department.

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