July 12 – No Yankee Birthdays – Instead some sad departures
No Yankees past or present were born on this date but it is the third anniversary of the passing of one of my favorites, Bobby Murcer. Yesterday was the second anniversary of the death of Yankee public address legend Bob Sheppard, who passed away at the ripe age of 99, on July 11th. Tomorrow, it will also be two years since George Steinbrenner died of a heart attack. So perhaps forever more, these three consecutive dates will most be remembered as anniversaries of Yankee deaths and not Yankee births.