Report: Voice Of Yankees Stepping Down

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NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Sheppard says he has no plans to return to his longtime job as the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium. reported Thursday that Sheppard, who is in his late 90s, doubts very much that he'll be able to resume his duties for even one New York Yankees game next season. Sheppard hasn't worked a game since late in the 2007 season due to illness.

When contacted by The Associated Press, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the team had no announcement or comment at this time.

Famous for his resonant tones, Sheppard became the PA announcer at the old Yankee Stadium in 1951. Years later, Reggie Jackson gave Sheppard the nickname "The Voice of God."