• Bob Sheppard News

    Posted by on November 15th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    From the Daily News:

    Bob Sheppard will retire as public-address announcer at New York Giants football games after 50 years, staying on the same job he’s done for five years longer with baseball’s New York Yankees.

    Sheppard said he decided to stop doing Giants games after this season partly because of the commute from his home in Baldwin, New York, to the National Football League team’s stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The trip is 38 miles long and requires crossing two New York City bridges.

    “This decision did not come suddenly,” Sheppard said in a telephone interview. “Part of it is the long trip from Long Island to the heart of New Jersey.”

    Sheppard’s retirement from the Giants was first reported in today’s New York Times.

    Sheppard declined to give his age, and Giants and Yankees officials said they don’t know his birthdate. Some biographies list him at 95 years old.

    95? Wow. Bless him.

    If Bob thinks the traffic into Jersey 8 times a year is bad, just wait until the new traffic mess up in the Bronx starts up this year – with the usual Stadium crowd next to a major contruction site.

    Comments on Bob Sheppard News

    1. MJ
      November 15th, 2005 | 12:37 pm

      If I were the Giants (or the Yanks), I’d pay for a helicopter ride for the Voice of G-O-D. Seriously, for as long as he’s willing to work, I’d make his commute and his life as easy as possible. It’s just not a Giants game (or a Yankees game) without hearing the sound of Bob Sheppard’s perfect elocution.

    2. rbj
      November 15th, 2005 | 1:33 pm

      At the very least he needs to be chaufeurred around. I’m hoping he’s still around for 2007, and announcing the 2006 World Series ring collectors, just so he can announce Don Mattingly one more time.

    3. Raf
      November 15th, 2005 | 1:38 pm

      At the very least he needs to be chaufeurred around.

      There isn’t a car service for him? I am suprised.

      Will he still be teaching @ Fordham?

    4. Jason O.
      November 15th, 2005 | 2:29 pm

      “The decision did not come suddenly.”

      Read that sentence. The subtle, understated form is rare in this graceless age.

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