Freddy “Sez” Schuman was known to many as THE Yankees fan and his claim to fame was getting the crowd to cheer by banging a spoon on a frying pan. He passed away over the weekend at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital after a heart attack.
Freddy Sez attended many of the team’s home games and walked around the stands spreading his inspirational messages on white posterboard. Two of his signs read: “Freddy sez: Again & Again, Yankees prove they are great” and “Freddy sez: Yankee Stadium gave birth to champions!” Other fans who knew him from the games say he was a joy to have around.
His friend Chuck Frantz, president of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club expressed his condolences and said, “It’s a sad day for Yankee fans and for anyone who knew Freddy. It’s just a shock to everybody that he’s gone because now you won’t hear that frying pan and that spoon banging. He’s really, really going to be missed.”
His trademark frying pan and spoon were donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame and to the Yogi Berra Museum, said Frantz. The pair had been coming to Yankees games for 22 seasons and felt right at home at Yankee Stadium. The last game Freddy Sez attended was for Game 3 of the American League Division Series when the Yankees played against Minnesota Twins.
RIP Freddy Sez!