The New York Yankees lost two legends a little more than 10-years-ago. Longtime Yankee Stadium PA announcer Bob Sheppard passed away on July 11, 2010, at the remarkable age of 99. Just two days later, owner George Steinbrenner also passed at age 80.
Sheppard announced more than 4,500 Yankee games over the course of 56 years. He was on the call for 22 pennant-winning seasons & 13 championships. Derek Jeter had a recording of Sheppard announcing him when he was coming to the plate for the remainder of his career. It was first used in the All-Star game just two days after he had passed.
Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973, and they went on to capture 11 pennants and seven championships in his lifetime. Known as “The Boss” for how hands-on he was with the club’s day-to-day operations, Steinbrenner would do whatever it took to field a winning team.
The Yankees honored both Sheppard and Steinbrenner in a pregame ceremony before their July 16 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In the ninth inning with the game tied at four, Nick Swisher delivered the knockout blow.
Ten years ago today:
After honoring the recently deceased George Steinbrenner & Bob Sheppard in a pregame ceremony, Nick Swisher walks it off at The Stadium. pic.twitter.com/QviFoWTbfB