Freddy “Sez” Schuman died over the weekend. Interestingly his last game was ALDS Game 3, which I was at. That completes the latest Yankee death trifecta including Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. It’s amazing how iconic a spoon hitting that frying pan has become.
From the NY Times obituary for Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard:
“The Yankees and Bob Sheppard were a marriage made in heaven,” said Paul Sheppard, a 71-year-old financial adviser. “I know St. Peter will now recruit him. If you’re lucky enough to go to heaven, you’ll be greeted by a voice, saying: ‘Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to heaven!’ ”
He may have never actually played for the Yankees, but he was in every way a start. It will be a shame when Jeter retires and his voice is no longer heard. It would be nice if they would adopt his “Welcome to Yankee Stadium” and play that before games. They must have a recording somewhere.
Some iPhone photos I took at the Yankee Museum @ Yankee Stadium
Yikes! Considering what happened, it’s amazing how few were harmed. What’s even more striking are the parallels.
The media is nonstop with the parallels to 9/11, and for good reason (burning skyline, plane, Oct 11), but there are other strange examples of reliving history that come to my mind:
Thurman Munson had a somewhat similar fate, lack of experience and an airplane. Not sure if you need to be a Yankee fan for this to be the first thing you think of when you hear of a baseball player killed in a plane crash. I’d guess most would think of Roberto Clemente. But I’ve heard the story enough that it came to mind quickly.
It’s said Yankee contracts since Munson’s death require any Yankee piloting an aircraft to have a licensed instructor with them. Who knows what George Steinbrenner will do now. Perhaps ground the Yankees?
You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash? …
But if you think about it…26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think eventually an entire team would get wiped out.
Just some random thoughts after watching the news coverage.
At the Yankee game today Pavano got hit in the head with a rather hard hit. Couldn’t see at the time that it was to the head though. They never replayed it on the screen (a sign it was a bad hit). Saw Joe Torre run out rather quick, so you knew it wasn’t good. How he managed to not only survive, but stay conscious is just a miracle. A shot like that (in excess of 100 MPH by estimates) to the head can cause death. He didn’t even hit the ground. The Bambino’s curse may be over, but he’s still looking out for the Yanks.
Eddie Layton passed away. It was strange seeing someone else on the big screen at Yankee Stadium. He definitely had something to do with the overall feel of the ballpark.
Most likely one of the more interesting games to watch. Exciting waiting for the Babe to come by and rape the Red Sox once again. Always fun seeing that happen.
The Red Sox are on the way back to Boston, where it’s 1918 24x7x365.
Oh yea… Red Sox Suck