Colleague Ian Begley is putting together a full piece on Freddy Sez tonight, but in the meantime here is the Yankees' release:
The New York Yankees are deeply saddened by the death of longtime fan Freddy Schuman, who passed away on Sunday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan at age 85.
The Yankees organization issued the following statement regarding his passing:
“Freddy ‘The Fan’ Schuman was an iconic Yankees fan who brought life, youthful exuberance and cheer to Yankee Stadium. The energy and excitement that resonates throughout the Stadium during a Yankees game is made that way by our fans, and Freddy was one of the conductors that could be counted on to bring our orchestra of fans together. Freddy endeared himself to all those he came in contact with, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and his thousands of friends.”
Since 1988, Schuman was a staple at Yankees games, rallying fans with handmade signs and his signature frying pan and spoon, which fans were encouraged to clang together to inspire the team on the field. He gained the nickname “Freddy Sez” from the words that began each of the messages he toted.
To honor Schuman, the Yankees will have some of his memorabilia on display inside Yankee Stadium’s Gate 4 prior to and during tonight’s scheduled 8:07 p.m. game vs. the Texas Rangers. Fans with valid tickets to tonight’s game will be able to view the items, including clothing, signs, and his frying pan and spoon, which fans will be able to clang together in his memory. The items will remain on display at Gate 4 for fans throughout the postseason and eventually become part of a display in the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America located in Yankee Stadium.
Additionally, the Yankees will have a moment of silence for Schuman at approximately 7:53 p.m. prior to tonight’s game.