Voice of God

Bob Sheppard, Yankee Stadium Announcer, Dies

Bob Sheppard, the iconic Yankee Stadium public address announcer nicknamed “The Voice of God,” has died at age 99. Sheppard started with the Yankees on April 17, 1951—announcing for a lineup that included the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto—and called his career quits late in the 2007 season, after falling ill with a bronchial infection. He also served as the stadium announcer for the NFL’s New York Giants from 1956 to 2005 and for men’s basketball and football at St. John’s University, where he taught classes. Baseball, though, is what made Sheppard a star.