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Your memories of George Steinbrenner?
Tue, July 13, 2010

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died Tuesday morning. He was 80 years old.

"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing," a statement from the Steinbrenner family read.

Steinbrenner led a group of investors that purchased the Yankees on January 3, 1973 from CBS for about $9 million and, despite saying he would not be a hands-on owner, became the exact opposite. Fueled by an incredible desire to win, he helped turn the Yankees around in just a few years.

Since Steinbrenner took control, the Yankees have won seven World Series titles and 11 American League pennants. The club went to the World Series in 1976, just his fourth season of ownership, and captured the first of two straight titles the following year.

What are your memories of iconic Yankees owner? Send your condolences below.

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I really don't think you can compare Harold Ballard to George Steinbrenner! When Ballard owned the team, he screwed it up and they've never even been back to the Final since. With Steinbrenner as owner, the Yankees won 7 World Series. No comparison.
gordholio, 2010-08-22 04:07:28

I remember he was on Seinfeld and I laughed a lot. I played ball once but the ball hit me and I got scared and told my mom I didn't want to play any more...Go George
Gary O., 2010-08-11 14:52:00

Thank You. You Played Ball.
Robert Beasant, 2010-07-14 14:44:43

Like Regis Philbin and Matt Lauer, James Krall has been a Yankee fan for a long time. In his case, 55 years so he says.

So tell us, James, do Yankee fans ever pause to give thought to what the Steinbrenner's of the world have done to baseball in general? Do they care?

Every spring some 80% of the Majors break camp to head into another 152-game schedule in which THEY DON'T STAND A CHANCE. It's fine to say "well, let them spend money like Steinbrenner" but the vast majority simply cannot. Their share of whatever general TV contract is split among the franchises is dwarfed by what the Yankees get from a LOCAL contract! The Yankees spend more on their 10-man pitching staff than 7 of the teams spend on their entire roster!

Steinbrenner was THE most vocal among those owners (the Red Sox, Braves and Dodgers were some other prominent one) who yelled down any attempt to introduce a universal draft (as they have in hockey for example) since that would prevent them from simply opening the door for the best Japanese, Central American and South American players who, of course, all want to come play for only the top teams.

It's a joke. And anyone who continues to support these perennial also-rans (league cannon-fodder would be a better description) has excrement-for-brains. Sorry, but there's no other way to look at it.
Gary O., 2010-07-14 14:34:24

George is one of the main reasons I don't attend BJ's games anymore. When "your" team doesn't stand a chance of winning the championship, why bother going to be humiliated by the all-star team the Yankees BUY every year. Thanks George, great job. Will anyone really miss him? Doubt it.
pr, 2010-07-14 11:04:52

I have been @ Yankee fan for 55 yrs., And there will never ever be another George, Thanks for all the wonderful years as Yankkee Owner. Rest in Peace
James Krall, 2010-07-14 08:52:08

He was and truly will be the BOSS. This coming from a red sox/ celtics / patriots fan. RIP George. You will always be the BOSS!
MikeCarroll, 2010-07-14 07:52:33

When I saw the announcement of George Steinbrenner's death to-nite, it caught my attention; however, also my ambivalence. I'm not sure where the pendulum will ever settle where George was concerned. Absolutely, it swung wildly when he first came onto the general sporting scene. Maybe George was right, certainly he thought so! But, should have we been truly impressed whenever his Yankee ball club rose to the top? Not so much when they cherry-picked most every other club clean of rivalry. That not only damaged the game, but turned off more fans than the Yankees ever gained.

At the same time, Steinbrenner helped to create an aura around America's favorite pastime game, something needed when it most needed it. So, for that, even when he was muddling things more than anyone should be entitled (Hello Mark Cuban), yes, George certainly kept it interesting! The pendulum swung mightily; the Yankee circus prevailed when George was ringmaster, surrounded by puppets and clowns...not only in his dugout, but everywhere surrounding the baseball world. Will I miss George? Hell no, we still get to see him regularly on Seinfeld re-runs; a far more fitting persona, wouldn't you agree?
Mel Auten, 2010-07-14 01:21:35

Get a game going up there.RIP
DHardy, 2010-07-13 21:37:28

He was a great boss. He paid for the best talent and expected nothing but 100% from those people.


Shawn, 2010-07-13 20:28:35

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