New York Yankees: Bill Shannon
October, 26, 2010
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
Courtesy of New York Mets
Plus, he was just an all-around good guy, someone as familiar and comforting to see at the ballpark as the scoreboard, and usually more reliable.
But what I enjoyed most about Bill Shannon, who I considered a friend for more than 20 years, was his obvious disdain for a particular baseball statistic that he considered bogus and worthless. Anyone who worked in a New York pressbox became well-acquainted with it, and whenever a fly ball went up with a runner on third, a chorus of sports writers would affectionately say it along with him, in his inimitable derisive style: "Sacrifice fly.''
The words dripped with scorn, and we all loved it. It's hard to believe we'll never hear it again.
Rest in peace, Bill.