From Bloomberg.com -
For more than half a century, Bob Sheppard has greeted visitors to his workplace the same way: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Yankee Stadium.”
The 96-year-old says he wants to keep on doing it when the New York Yankees move to their new ballpark in 2009.
“It would be a dream come true,” says Sheppard. Though he missed last season’s first home series with a hip injury, his health is good and his performance steady.
“Health permitting, it would be our dream as well to have him here as we move into the new facilities,” says Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost. “He brings professionalism and nostalgia to the ballpark.”
Sheppard, a retired speech professor, has a contract that runs through 2007. When he began working for the team, he was paid $15 a game. While he won’t disclose his salary now, his son Paul, who handles his business affairs, says it’s a “very safe bet” that Sheppard is baseball’s highest paid public-address announcer.
“The new stadium is the thing that moves him at this point,” says Herb Steier, Sheppard’s best friend and driver for the past 15 seasons.
Steier, who himself is almost 80, has logged more than 75,000 miles (121,000 kilometers) since taking the wheel for their 33-mile, one-way journey between the Bronx ballpark and their Baldwin, Long Island, homes.
I hope I’m able to still work in my 80′s and 90′s – like these guys. Amazing.