Bob Sheppard Funeral

For fifty-six years, his voiced echoed in the air at Yankee Stadium. Announcing such legendary players such as Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, Thurman Munson, and Don Mattingly, and to the likes of Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez. Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson said that he was “The Voice of God”, and Red Sox legend and native Long Islander, Carl Yastrzemski once said, “You’re not in the big leagues until he announces your name” and for Bob Sheppard, the Yankees long-time Public Address announcer, that legendary voice was silenced forever on Sunday, July 11, 2010, just three months shy of his 100th birthday. His Funeral, held at St. Christopher’s Church on Thursday, July, 14, in his hometown of Baldwin, NY, was an event in which family, friends, and fans came to pay their final respects. Among the eulogists were Giants co-owner John Mara, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, and his eldest son Paul.  What fans now know he was also a Man of Gad, a teacher of Speech, an Officer in the Navy during WWII, and a professor at both St. John’s and Fordham Universities. His trade mark opening is forever engraved in our minds and our hearts. Before every game he would speak and the crowd stopped and listen as he said “Good Afternoon(evening)…ladies and gentlemen…and welcome to Yankee Stadium.” As we remember the man Yankees fans so loved for so long, he is now up there in the heavens announcing all the legends who will make their way up to the gates as he announces their arrival, “Good Afternoon(evening)…and welcome to Heaven.”

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWDFbHNQTdw

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