HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Congressional Double Play

Posted July 19, 2010 at 11:08am

Longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner got a lot of love after he died last week, and now another beloved Yankee is also getting his day in Congress.

Yankees announcer Bob Sheppard died two days before Steinbrenner, but his death was largely overshadowed by that of “the Boss.” But Congress is now stepping up to the plate — pun intended — and acknowledging Sheppard’s legacy.

On Friday, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation honoring the announcer’s life, noting his “clear, distinctive voice has set the standard of sports announcing and has become ingrained in the fans and players as a widely recognized and revered Yankees tradition.”

Last week was a tough one for pinstripe fans, and Congress is sharing in the pain. Hours after Steinbrenner’s death, New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Yankees Fanatic) introduced legislation recognizing his life, and several other Members also put out statements honoring the legendary owner.

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