This morning, July 13th 2010, one of the greatest and confrontational owners of all time passed away. George Steinbrenner passed away over night after suffering from a Heart Attack at his home in Tampa, FL.
Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973 and immediately led the team to multiple championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978. Many players during the early years disliked Steinbrenner’s policies and tactics in the early years, earning his nickname “The Boss.”
Steinbrenner was suspended in 1974 after making illegal contributions to Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and was pardoned by Ronald Regan in 1989.
Steinbrenner was outright banned by the MLB in 1990 after it was discovered he was paying for dirt on Dave Winfield during a legal case.
Steinbrenner reinvented himself after all the confrontations and his reinstatement in 1993. He then built the dynasty, winning the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and in 2000.
Many remember Steinbrenner now as a caring individual for a lot of the work he has done since 1993. In particular, one of my late grandfathers had told us about his multiple “run-ins” with Mr. Steinbrenner while working at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He always talked about him being very friendly and compassionate.
Steinbrenner leaves behind his family (wife, children, grandchildren), a $2B sporting empire, and a baseball nation in shock.