2005_11_sheppard.jpgBob Sheppard, the legendary voice of both the Giants and the Yankees has decided to call it quits (Times Select or summary on NY1) - just for the Giants. The 95 year-old public address announcer has been with the Giants since 1956, ever since the Giants moved to Yankee Stadium from the Polo Grounds. The reason for stepping aside? He just couldn't deal with the traffic. When we initially read that, Gothamist was thinking, "what is a 95 year-old doing behind the wheel," but it seems like a friend drives Sheppard to and from games.

Sheppard, who has been with the Yankees for 55 years, said that he still intends on being the PA announcer for them as the Yankees just offered him a two-year contract extension. For their part, the Giants executive VP John Mara still hopes to talk Sheppard out of retirement. If he can't, Sheppard's voice will be sorely missed at Giants Stadium.