(May 23, 1925 – October 17, 2010), better known as Freddy Sez
or Freddy "Sez"
, was a New Yorker
and supporter of the New York Yankees
, known for his activities in promoting the team and encouraging fan participation.
Freddy was born on May 23, 1925, and was a resident of The Bronx
for most of his life. When he was 9 years old, he suffered an accident during a stickball
game, in which he lost the use of his right eye. From about , until his death, he was an unofficial promoter for the Yankees.
Schuman carried a frying pan with a shamrock painted on it, which he said "Brings 'em luck." Fans were encouraged to bang on the pot with a spoon to make noise. The pot made a distinctive sound that echoed throughout the stadium and could be heard in the background during TV broadcasts. One of his pans is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
along with another at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
in New Jersey
Schuman also carried a number of colorful hand-painted signs adorned with messages to encourage the team and the fans. The signs usually began with "Freddy 'sez'". Some Freddy messages included "Again & Again Yankees Prove They Are Great
", and "Fans, We Got To Help Yankees Out Of Slumps
". Sometimes, Schuman would give the sign to a lucky fan at the end of a game.
Schuman also took his signs and frying... Read More