Legendary voice of Yankee Stadium Bob Sheppard told Bryan Hoch today that he plans on retiring. Sheppard, 99, hasn’t called a game since 2007.
"I have no plans of coming back," Sheppard said on Wednesday in a telephone interview. "Time has passed me by, I think. I had a good run for it. I enjoyed doing what I did. I don't think, at my age, I'm going to suddenly regain the stamina that is really needed if you do the job and do it well."
The entire article is worth a read. He has words of praise for current public address announcer Paul Olden. Sheppard also said he doubts he’ll return to Yankee Stadium in 2010 to call one game.
Of course, we still hear Sheppard’s voice when Derek Jeter comes to bat.
I’m sure Mr. Sheppard has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, just like all of us. On that note, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!