The Yankees have lost one of their most colorful and loyal fans. Freddy "Sez" Schuman, who brought homemade signs and led cheering at Yankee Stadium by banging together a spoon and a frying pan, passed away on Sunday afternoon at age 85. To honor Schuman's memory, the Yankees held a moment of silence prior to Monday night's Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium.
Schuman died at Lenox Hill Hospital after suffering a heart attack on Friday night, longtime friend Chuck Frantz told ESPNNewYork.com, who first reported the news. The death was confirmed by a hospital official.
The Yankees issued a statement on Monday afternoon in reaction to Schuman's passing.
"Freddy 'The Fan' Schuman was an iconic Yankees fan who brought life, youthful exuberance and cheer to Yankee Stadium. The energy and excitement that resonates throughout the Stadium during a Yankees game is made that way by our fans, and Freddy was one of the conductors that could be counted on to bring our orchestra of fans together. Freddy endeared himself to all those he came in contact with, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and his thousands of friends."
In addition to the moment of silence before the game, the Yankees displayed some of Schuman's memorabilia inside of Gate 4 prior to Game 3 against the Rangers. Schuman's signs, clothing and trademark frying pan and spoon were available for viewing. These items will remain at Gate 4 for the duration of the postseason and will eventually make their way into the Yankees Museum at the Stadium.
"It's a sad day for Yankee fans and for anyone who knew Freddy," Frantz told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
Frantz said that Schuman had gone to Yankees games for the past 22 seasons, up to Game 3 of the American League Division Series, when the Yankees met the Twins.
"It's just a shock to everybody that he's gone because now you won't hear that frying pan and that spoon banging," Frantz said. "He's really, really going to be missed."
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.