================================================================= YANKEES NEWS ALERT ================================================================= July 11, 2010 YANKEES LONGTIME PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER BOB SHEPPARD PASSES AWAY It is with deep sadness that the New York Yankees announce the passing of longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard - "The Voice of Yankee Stadium." Sheppard passed away this morning at his home in Baldwin, N.Y., with his wife, Mary, by his side. He was 99 years old. Born in Ridgewood, Queens, Sheppard began his tenure as Yankees public address announcer on April 17, 1951-Opening Day of Joe DiMaggio's final season and Mickey Mantle's Major League debut. Among the approximately 4,500 baseball games he worked over his tenure with the Yankees were an incredible 121 consecutive postseason contests (1951-2006), including 62 games in 22 World Series. "Most men go to work, but I go to a game," Sheppard said. "How many men would love to do that?"