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Fenway
10-25-2005, 07:39 PM
The PA announcer at Yankee Stadium just passed a milestone birthday.

95


:happybday

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Birth name Robert Leo Sheppard
Nickname The Voice of God
Date of birth (location)
12 October (http://imdb.com/OnThisDay?day=12&month=October) 1910 (http://imdb.com/BornInYear?1910)
Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, USA (http://imdb.com/BornWhere?Richmond%20Hill,%20Queens,%20New%20York, %20USA)
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 (http://imdb.com/SearchBios?Paul%20Doherty) Trivia Yankee Stadium public address announcer from 1951 through the present.

Public address announcer at Yankee Stadium from the 1940s through the 1960s. His rich, resonant voice and eloquant style is 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's lineup.

Has been the NFL's New York Giants PA announcer since 1956.

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.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-25-2005, 08:03 PM
It is a treat to go to Yankee Stadium and listen to Sheppard.


Speaking of God - Today is God's actual birthday!

Happy Birthday Robert Montgomery Knight!!!

http://www.redraiders.com/images/031801/bobby_knight_intrvw1.jpg

Thanks

Lip Man 1
10-26-2005, 02:59 AM
The 'voice of God' tag belonged to the late announcer at NFL Films and former Philadelphia news anchor John Facenda.

East coast impersonators need not apply.

Lip

antitwins13
10-26-2005, 03:04 AM
I though Gene Honda was the voice of god?

jdm2662
10-26-2005, 11:05 AM
The 'voice of God' tag belonged to the late announcer at NFL Films and former Philadelphia news anchor John Facenda.

East coast impersonators need not apply.

Lip

Damn right it did. Thanks for pointing that out Lip. I was just about to. I was wondering what this thread was about because Facenda died in 1984.

"In Green Bay on December 31, 1967, the temperature at game was 15 degrees below zero..." Just how he said it made it classic.

I was very lucky to get the Power and Glory video that was released by NFL Films in 1999. It had lots of good highlights, including quite a bit of Bears clips, all with Facenda's voice. It's a football junkie's dream come true.

Fenway
10-26-2005, 12:29 PM
The 'voice of God' tag belonged to the late announcer at NFL Films and former Philadelphia news anchor John Facenda.

East coast impersonators need not apply.

Lip

Sheppard also is the PA announcer for the NY Football Giants

ok "Voice of God" for baseball?

kittle42
10-26-2005, 01:39 PM
Now pitching for the Yankees....number 42....Mariano Rivera.....42.....

Lip Man 1
10-26-2005, 04:30 PM
Fenway:

In a word...NO.

Lip