7/11 in Yankee History
2010: Bob Sheppard, former public address announcer at Yankee Stadium, dies at the age of 99.
Bob Sheppard became the announcer for the New York Yankees in 1951, and over the decades became as much a part of the Yankee Stadium experience as the Number 4 train rattling past the right field bleachers. Mr. Sheppard never missed an Opening Day until 2006, when illness kept him out of the announcer’s box. In late March 2009, with their home opener in the new Yankee Stadium approaching, the team announced that Mr. Sheppard had bronchitis and that substitutes would handle two exhibition games scheduled for April 4 and 5.
In March 2008, George Vecsey described Mr. Sheppard and his impact on the game:
Robert Leo Sheppard has been a highlight of any trip to the big ballyard in the Bronx since opening day, April 17, 1951, when he
announced the name of Joe DiMaggio right after the youngster playing right field, Mickey Mantle. Roger or Reggie or Bernie might not hit a home run on any given day, but Sheppard would deliver the starting lineups, in a voice that would make everybody else in the joint sound like we were Archie or Edith Bunker speaking some other language.
It is a voice that makes rowdies stop in their tracks. He made an impromptu appeal to common sense to quiet a restive Yankee crowd back in the ’70s, and on Wednesday he recalled another spontaneous announcement at a Giants football game in Yankee Stadium in the late ’50s when inebriated fans wandered onto the field with four or five minutes left in the game.
“Jack Mara ran up to me and said, ‘Make them stop,’” Sheppard recalled, referring to the former president of the Giants. So Sheppard
told the mob: “If you do not stop, the Giants will forfeit the game. Is that clear? The Giants will forfeit the game.” It must have been clear,
because the fans wobbled back into the stands, and the Giants won the game.
“After the game, one of the reporters asked, ‘Is that a rule?’” Sheppard recalled yesterday. “I said, ‘It’s Sheppard’s Rule.’” And
nobody argues those rules.
The players want to make the majors just to hear Sheppard announce their names. Reggie Jackson still hasn’t gotten over hearing Sheppard, on a busman’s holiday, do a guest inning in Anaheim, Calif., back in the late ’70s. Reggie, in the on-deck circle, nearly flipped, hearing that voice 3,000 miles from home.
2000: The American League wins its 4th consecutive All-Star Game‚ beating the
National League‚ 6-3. Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones each go 3-for-3 in the contest. Jeter takes MVP
honors‚ while Chicago’s James Baldwin gets the victory.
1959: Frank Gilhooley, who played in the Yankee outfield from 1913 through 1918, dies at age 67.
1958: At the Stadium, Mickey Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range into the upper deck in right‚
as New York top Cleveland 11-3.
1957: At Kansas City‚ Mickey Mantle scores the tying run in the 9th‚ then wins it in the 11th with an opposite field homer off righty Tom Morgan. Mantle now has 23 homers‚ and is hitting ‚370 for the first-place Yanks. Chicago trail by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees will lose tomorrow‚ 4-2‚ with Mantle hitting another homer.
1946:The Yankees sell Oscar Grimes to the A’s. Grimes was New York’s regular third baseman in 1944-45‚ but lost his job when the vets returned.
1945:Yankee catcher Aaron Robinson returns from the military. Ruffing is back as well, along with Charlie Keller. More than two dozen former ML players will be in uniform before the season is over.
1939: With another Yankee-dominated lineup‚ the AL defeats the NL 3-1 in the 7th All-Star Game‚ at the Stadium. Joe DiMaggio excites the partisan crowd with a 5th-inning homer. Cincinnati outfielder Ival Goodman fractures his shoulder diving for a ball.
1927: The Yankees beat Detroit 8-5‚ as Lou Gehrig belts his 29th homer of the year‚ tying him with Babe Ruth for the league. Waite Hoyt picks up the win over Lil Stoner.
1922: In the first of 4 games at the Stadium‚ the Yankees edge the first-place Browns‚ 2-1‚ as the Browns hand New York two ‘home runs.’ Aaron Ward hits a liner that bounces off the glove of a leaping Ken Williams and goes into the left field stands for a homer. In the 6th, Jim Tobinmakes 2 errors on one play as he drops a Babe Ruth fly ball near the right field foul line, allowing Ruth to take second. The Babe continues to third, and a surprised Tobin then bounces his throw into the stands behind third allowing Ruth to score the tie breaker. Urban Shocker is the loser as the Browns lead is cut to a half game.
1921: At Chicago‚ Dickie Kerr gives up a pair of 2-run homers to Bob Meusel and Babe Ruth in losing to the Yankees’ Rip Collins‚ 4-0. For Ruth it is his 32nd homer of the season, and he has now homered in every AL park this year. Later at Comiskey Park‚ robbers blow off the door of the safe and make off with $3‚000‚ mostly receipts from the game. Tomorrow‚ the New YorkvTimes says‚ ‘Owner Charles Comiskey <below> denied reports that the safe contained papers pertaining to the former White Sox players now on
1904: The Highlanders salvage the last game of a 4-game series with the Boston Americans with a 10-1 drubbing of the visitors‚ but the Beantowners leave New York with a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL. Patsy Dougherty (below) has 4 of New York’s 17 hits.