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07/11/10 2:29 PM ET

The Boss reflects on Sheppard's passing

Steinbrenner's statement lauds announcer's talents

On Sunday, with the passing of iconic PA announcer Bob Sheppard, the Yankees lost one of their own.

Soon after word spread, Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement reflecting on the man who called over 4,500 Yankees games.

"I am deeply saddened by the death today of Bob Sheppard, a good friend and fine man whose voice set the gold standard for America's sports announcers," Steinbrenner said in the written statement. "For over a half century, fans were thrilled to hear his unforgettable voice and players were thrilled to hear his majestic enunciation of their names."

Steinbrenner punctuated the profound effect Sheppard's passing leaves on the Yankees' organization.

"Bob Sheppard was a great member of the Yankees family and his death leaves a lasting silence," Steinbrenner said in the statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Mary, and their family."

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.