Thank you, Selena Roberts, for your beautiful piece about Bob Sheppard, the late great Yankee Stadium announcer (POINT AFTER, July 26). I grew up going to Lakers games and listening to Los Angeles's late public-address announcer, John Ramsey, whose smooth baritone gave me great pleasure. I'm also a former on-tour P.A. game announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters, for whom I worked from 1979 to '86. When I first interviewed for the position, I was told that the players were the show and all I had to do was my job. Having listened to Ramsey, I found that was easy.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
Hooray for Selena Roberts, who writes very well. I just can't bring myself to say, "Boo-yaa!"
Comparing Sheppard's work with that of modern-day sportscasters is like comparing apples to dairy products. Sheppard's smooth delivery fit the bill for a P.A. announcer, but a play-by-play broadcaster is tasked with describing the game and underscoring its excitement. This holier-than-thou notion of calm, cool and collected broadcasting stinks of misappropriated superiority.
East Brunswick, N.J.