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Yankees to honor Steinbrenner, Sheppard Friday

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Both Yankee legends died in the same week
  • Team will have ceremony for both before game Friday
  • Event will have video tribute and moment of silence

New York (CNN) -- New York Yankees will pay tribute to "The Boss" and "The Voice of God" before Friday's game.

The team will have a ceremony for longtime Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner and legendary announcer Bob Sheppard before their game Friday night, the team announced.

Both men passed away within days of each other earlier this week, taking with them decades of Yankee lore.

The baseball team plans to have a video tribute to Steinbrenner and a moment of silence for Sheppard before its game against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a statement on the Yankees website.

Steinbrenner, the larger-than-life Yankees owner, died at the age of 80 on Tuesday.

Under Steinbrenner's guidance, the Yankees earned seven World Series trophies since 1973. He was the longest-tenured owner in Major League Baseball, having served as principal owner since purchasing the club on January 3, 1973.

Steinbrenner was a pop culture figure, famously earning some attention in episodes of the TV sitcom "Seinfeld."

He was known for keeping a firm control on major decisions concerning the team, a trait that garnered him the nickname "The Boss."

Sheppard died Sunday at the age of 99.

Sheppard announced his first game at Yankee Stadium in 1951, and his last in 2007, according to a statement released by the Yankees. His career spanned 4,500 baseball games, including 121 playoff contests and 52 World Series games.

It was Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson that nicknamed Sheppard the "The Voice of God," according to MLB.com.