It is consistent with George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard.
The New York Yankees have announced that their players’ uniforms will have commemorative patches honoring the memories of owner George Steinbrenner and public address announcer Bob Sheppard.
Professor Sheppard’s commemorative patch will be placed on the left sleeve of the team’s home and away uniforms.
Mr. Steinbrenner’s patch will be placed above the interlocking “NY” on the left breast of the players’ home uniforms and above “YORK” on the road jerseys.
Bob Sheppard was one of the most humble of all individuals. Reggie Jackson, as awed by Mr. Sheppard’s voice as all of us who heard it, referred to it as the Voice of God, although it might have been Rusty Staub who first coined it.
It was too much for Bob Sheppard.
“I deny that it’s The Voice of God with all humility. I would rather be known as a competent, warm, capable teacher of speech than as the best p.a. announcer in baseball. To me, the classroom is far more important than the ballpark.”
George Steinbrenner was a bombastic, impatient individual who lacked humility. His actions confirmed that he believed he was above the team. Placing his patch above the interlocking “NY” confirms that belief. So does the history of the New York Yankees.
The following table lists the commemorative changes to the New York Yankees’ uniforms in memory of those who contributed to the team:
YEAR INDIVIDUAL COMMEMORATION
1929 Miller Huggins Black armband on left sleeve
1948 Babe Ruth Black armband on left sleeve
1979 Thurman Munson Black armband on left sleeve
1985 Pete Sheehy Black armband on left sleeve
1986 Roger Maris Black armband on left sleeve
1990 Billy Martin No. 1 on left sleeve
1996 Mel Allen Black armband on left sleeve
1995 Mickey Mantle Black armband on left sleeve, then number 7 above
1999 Joe DiMaggio No. 5 on left sleeve
1999 Jim “Catfish” Hunter Black armband on left sleeve
2000 Bob Lemon Black armband on left sleeve
2007 Cory Lidle Black armband on left sleeve
2007 Virginia Tech Shooting VT logo on left side of cap on May 23
2008 Bobby Murcer Black armband on left sleeve
George Steinbrenner continually spoke about Yankees’ tradition. Regardless of his fierce desire to win, it was money, not talent, that was George Steinbrenner’s greatest contribution to the Yankees.
It wasn’t he who decided to place his commemorative patch above the “NY,” which is an important point, but, although it might be unfair (or maybe not), those who knew him best thought that the patch was placed in the right location.
A player whom many of the Yankees’ fans booed because he had the temerity to challenge Babe Ruth’s single season home run record when Mickey Mantle was also challenging it, honored the Yankees’ tradition much more than did George Steinbrenner.
There is a little known fact about Roger Maris that says it all. It was something that would have made Lou Gehrig proud.
A fan asked Roger to autograph one of his Yankees’ uniforms.
The fan wanted Roger to sign above the interlocking “NY.” Roger refused. He signed below the insignia.
“No one should place himself ahead of the team.”
There was Bob Sheppard, Roger Maris, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Murcer, Thurman Munson, Yogi, Phil, Whitey,Mickey, Jeter, Mariano, Posada and many others. They are not George Steinbrenner’s legacy.
A-Rod is his legacy.
Uniform Patches: Baseball Hall of Fame