Yankees to Honor George Steinbrenner Before Game Against the Rays

By Ben Fractenberg on July 16, 2010 2:56pm 

George Steinbrenner chats with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2000.
George Steinbrenner chats with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2000.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The Yankees will honor the late George Steinbrenner and announcer Bob Sheppard before Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The ceremony will include a video tribute to Steinbrenner and moment of silence for both the former owner and announcer Sheppard, known to fans as the "Voice of God."

The 80-year-old Steinbrenner died of a heart attack July 13. Sheppard, who was 99, passed away on July 11.

Wreaths will be placed in front of Steinbrenner’s statue in the Gate 2 Executive Lobby, and in front of Sheppard’s plaque in Memorial Park.

There will be a video honoring Sheppard during the seventh inning stretch of  Old-Timers Day game, on Saturday.

Yankees ticket prices surged 39 percent since “The Boss’” death, The Huffington Post reported Friday.

Steinbrenner purchased the team in 1973 after years of decline. By 1977 he helped turn the club into World Series champions. Sheppard announced his first game in 1951 — Joe DiMaggio’s final season as a Yankee.

Fans are encouraged to get to the stadium by 6:45 p.m. for the tribute. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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