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As He Turns 80, Yankees Announcer John Sterling Isn't Thinking About Retirement

July 03, 2018 - 10:31 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- He's become a fixture in New York and on America's birthday, Yankees announcer John Sterling will be celebrating his 80th birthday.

In his 30 years with the Yankees, Sterling has never missed a game and he hasn't thought of retiring.

"As long as I'm feeling good and I sound OK well I'll just keep on going," Sterling said. "I have heroes like Tony Bennett and Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks who are all working in their 90s so that's the next goal."

"I love it and I think I'll do it until I can't do it," he added.

He started on his career path after a college course brought him to NBC Radio.

"Well I loved it. I mean you couldn't love anything more, and obviously I was good at it because it was inside of me," Sterling says.

His alliterative home run calls have become famous.

"It began with Bernie Williams and I came up with, 'Burn baby burn,'" Sterling said. "Most of them just came to me: Robbie Cano don'cha know, Jorgy juiced one, an A-bomb from A-Rod.'"

When asked how he feels about turning 80, Sterling said, "I try to ignore it."