"Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Yankee Stadium." Those words that echoed from Bob Sheppard's mouth beat through the heart and sole of Yankee fans for more than five decades. His voice was so magical and special that it was once considered the voice of God.
Today that voice was silenced. Bob Sheppard has died.
He was 99 years old. Cause of death is unknown, but Shepard was sick for several years. He retired from calling Yankee games after 2007. He also called Giants games from 1956 - 2006.
His absense from the new Yankee Stadium had been pronounced, now he will be missed forever. For fans who remember him, they were witnesses to a special human being.