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07/11/2010

Legendary Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard dies [Updated]

July 11, 2010 |  8:43 am

Sheppard Bob Sheppard, the Yankee Stadium announcer known as the "Voice of God" for his resonant introductions of baseball players from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter, has died. He was 99.

[Updated at 10 a.m.: Sheppard died at his Long Island home in Baldwin with his wife, Mary, at his side, the Yankees said.

Yankee spokesman Jason Zillo confirmed Sheppard’s death. No details were available.]

Sheppard started with the Yankees in 1951. Sheppard last worked at Yankee Stadium late in the 2007 season, when he became ill with a bronchial infection. He recorded a greeting to fans that was played at the original ballpark's final game in September 2008. His audio recording still is used to introduce Jeter before each at-bat at home.

--Times wire reports

Photo: Bob Sheppard in 2000. Credit: Reuters

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