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While athletes live on in history books and halls of fame, other figures exert an influence on fans that is almost as powerful as that of a sports celebrity. Among them is the announcer, whose booming voice reverberates across the stadium.

Though the job is high-profile, however, is isn't high paying. Despite the relatively low pay, sticking with the job might confer legendary status, as it did with announcer Bob Sheppard. He did the job for the New York Yankees over the course of 56 years and 4,500 games, and he was referred to by former Yankee great Reggie Jackson as "The Voice of God."

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