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October 8, 2012

Sheppard in his familiar perch in 2008 (NY Times)

Bob Sheppard’s first game as a public announcer for the New York Yankees was a home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 17, 1951.  It was also the first game for a young center fielder from Commerce, Oklahoma named Mickey Mantle.  The Mick went 1-for-4 on the day with an RBI in a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox.  Sheppard did not miss a home opener until April 11, 2006, a string of 55 straight, when he threw out his hip the day before the game and was unable to attend.  He was back in the press box for the next home stand, but in the meantime Derek Jeter requested that a recording of Sheppard announce each of his at bats.

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