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Steinbrenner, Sheppard to be honored

07/16/2010 9:45 AM ET
By New York Yankees Media Relations
The New York Yankees will hold a tribute to commemorate the lives and recognize the passings of former principal owner/chairperson George M. Steinbrenner III and longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard prior to their 7:05 p.m. game on Friday, July 16 vs. Tampa Bay. (The YES Network will provide complete coverage of the ceremony tonight at 6:30.)

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the pregame ceremony which will include a video tribute to "The Boss" and a special moment of silence honoring both of the Yankees icons.

United States Army Sergeant First Class MaryKay Messenger will sing the national anthem on Friday, and the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

In addition, a wreath will be placed in front of Mr. Steinbrenner's statue in the Yankee Stadium Gate 2 Executive Lobby as well as in front of Mr. Sheppard's plaque in Monument Park.

Furthermore, several tributes to Mr. Sheppard will take place at the 64th annual Old-Timers' Day on Saturday, July 17.

Prior to the introductions of more than 40 former Yankees players and coaches in attendance for Old-Timers' Day, the Yankees will honor Sheppard with a video tribute. Additionally, the Yankees will recognize Sheppard with a special performance during the seventh-inning stretch.

Sheppard began his tenure as the Yankees' public address announcer on April 17, 1951, and held the position until announcing his final game on September 5, 2007. Over his career, he announced many of the Old-Timers expected to be in attendance on Saturday. Sheppard passed away on Sunday, July 11, at the age of 99.

Gates will open to ticket-holding fans at 12:30 p.m. with introductions scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and the traditional Old-Timers' game immediately to follow. Monument Park will close to fans at 3:15 p.m.

The Yankees will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Yankees' 1950 World Championship team. The seven members of the World Series-winning club in attendance-Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, as well as Jerry Coleman, Don Johnson, Duane Pillette, Charlie Silvera and Hank Workman-will wear replica 1950 uniforms.

In addition, Jill Martin, widow of former Yankees player and manager Billy Martin, will join the widows of four other legendary Yankees-Arlene Howard, widow of Elston Howard; Helen Hunter, widow of Jim "Catfish" Hunter; Kay Murcer, widow of Bobby Murcer; and Diana Munson, widow of Thurman Munson, among the honorees.

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