From 1964 through 1981, Karl Ehrhardt was a Shea fixture and held a running commentary during games with his tailored signs.
He died Thursday at 83 in his Queens home. His daughter Bonnie Troester said he was recovering from vascular surgery.
“I just called them the way I saw them,” Ehrhardt said in a New York Times article in 2006. “Before I went to the ballpark, I would try to crystal-ball what might happen that particular day. I would read all the newspapers to learn who was hot and who was in a slump, stuff like that, and create my signs accordingly.”
At one point he had 1,200 signs
Among them were, “Jose, Can You See?” when Jose Cardenal struck out; “Just Great!” for spectacular moments; and “There Are No Words,” after the last out of the 1969 World Series.
Who remembers the Sign Man and what was your favorite?