NEW YORK (AP) — Freddy Schuman, the fan known as “Freddy Sez” who banged a spoon against a skillet at Yankee Stadium for more than two decades, has died. He was 85.
The Yankees said Schuman died Sunday at Lenox Hill Hospital.
New York put some of his memorabilia, including a sign and Yankees jacket, on display inside Gate 4 at the ballpark Monday and said it will become part of a display at the team museum. Fans lined up to have themselves photographed while banging the back of his pan with a small spoon.
The Yankees held a moment of silence for Schuman before Game 3 of the AL championship series against Texas, and fans chanted “Fred-dy! Fred-dy!”
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Schuman had attended Yankees game since 1988, gaining notoriety for his signs that began “Freddy Sez.”
The Yankees said he “was an iconic Yankees fan who brought life, youthful exuberance and cheer to Yankee Stadium” and “Freddy endeared himself to all those he came in contact with.”
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