News: Original Sign Man Dies

The New York Times reports that the original Shea Stadium sign man, Karl Ehrhardt, died Tuesday at his home in Glen Oaks, Queens. He was 83.

Dennis Hevesi writes:

“In an interview with The New York Times in 2006, Mr. Ehrhardt said, “I just called them the way I saw them.”

“Ehrhardt served in the Army during World War II, as a translator in a prisoner-of-war camp holding German soldiers. After the war, he graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in design art.”

…the original sign man was a little before my time, but i am aware of the contributions he made to the team and to the fans in the early years…several have followed in his footsteps, and although i appreciate all of them, no one can come close to the man who started it all…with shea being in its last year, this season will be bittersweet for many reasons…

…all the best to karl’s family…