He announced the New York Yankees lineup for 57 years, and today some of the team members in that lineup paid their last respects to Bob Sheppard, at his funeral.
The ceremony was at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin, on Long Island. The parish is where the legendary Yankees announcer attended mass every day for decades and served as lector on Sundays, reading the scriptures to the congregation when Yankees games did not conflict with his schedule.
"Yes, he was called 'The Voice of God,'" Pastor Steven Camp told PIX 11 News, "but the way he always gave to others showed he lived the life of God." Rev. Camp also gave the eulogy at the funeral, which was attended by a few members of the team.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was among a list of people representing important parts of Sheppard's life to speak at the service. Also reading liturgies of remembrance were John Mara, owner of the New York Giants and Lou Carnesecca, basketball coach at St. John's University.
Sheppard had been the public announcer for the Giants as well as the Yankees from 1956 to 2006. He was a professor of speech at his alma mater, St. John's, for decades.
Even though the baseball season is halfway over, this is the beginning of a season of mourning for the Yankees franchise and its fans. Just two days after Bob Sheppard died, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday from a heart attack.
For the rest of the season, the Yankees will wear a patch commemorating Sheppard on the left sleeve of their home and away jerseys, as well as a patch for Steinbrenner.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun