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Bob Sheppard (1910-2010) was an American sportscaster and public address announcer. He is best known for his tenure as the public address announcer for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1951 to 2007 and for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1956 to 2006. He was widely regarded as one of the best public address announcers in professional sports history.
Sheppard began his career as a sportscaster in the 1930s, and in 1951 he became the public address announcer for the New York Yankees. He would go on to hold that position for 56 years, becoming known for his distinctive, clear and professional announcing style. He was often referred to as "The Voice of God" due to his commanding, yet smooth and eloquent voice. He also introduced the players at home games with his distinctive style, calling out the players' full names, positions and uniform numbers.
Sheppard was also the public address announcer for the New York Giants from 1956 to 2006, where he also introduced the players with the same style and professionalism. He was loved by the fans for his unique style of announcing and for his longevity and consistency in doing it.
Sheppard retired from announcing in 2007, but continued to make occasional appearances at Yankee Stadium until his death on July 11, 2010 at the age of 99. He was posthumously inducted into the New York Yankees Hall of Fame in 2014, and his legacy continues to be celebrated by fans of both the Yankees and the Giants.
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