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Sheppard to cede Giants games; will continue Yanks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Longtime New York Giants
public-address announcer Bob Sheppard intends to retire at the end
of the season.
Sheppard sent a letter about his retirement a few weeks ago to
John Mara, the team's chief operations officer, Giants spokesman
Pat Hanlon said Tuesday.
Known for his relaxed, unhurried delivery, Sheppard began
announcing Giants games in 1956 and remained a fixture with the
team as it moved from Yankee Stadium to Shea Stadium to the Yale
Bowl and finally to Giants Stadium in 1976.
The New York Times reported in Tuesday's newspapers that
Sheppard would step down as Giants announcer but will continue to
announce New York Yankees games as he has for the last 55 years. A
Yankees spokesman confirmed Sheppard planned to remain with the
team.
Sheppard, who has not divulged his age in interviews over the
years, is believed to be in his mid-90s. He did not immediately
return a phone message left Tuesday at his home in Baldwin, N.Y.