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Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Dies At Age 80

Posted by on July 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM EST

george steinbrennerLegendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died at age 80.

George Steinbrenner who recently turned 80 on July 4th suffered a massive stroke today in Tampa, Florida. Steinbrenner was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Over the past couple of years George “The Boss” Steinbrenner has been experienced a deterioration of his well-being.

While his role as the owner of the New York Yankees professional baseball team was shrouded in controversy, Steinbrenner left behind a legacy that future owners’ can only dream of matching.

George carried his New York Yankees to 11 American League pennants and 7 world championships. Controversial or not, Steinbrenner knew what he was doing when it came to Major League Baseball.

For Steinbrenner his career as “The Boss” of the New York Yankees began when he acquired the team from CBS, for $8.8 million in 1973. His legacy as one of the most controversial team owners in Baseball history would carry on until he retired in 2006. At that time George Steinbrenner would move to Tampa, Florida where he would live a low-key life. Sons Hank and Hal Steinbrenner took over their dads’ franchise as owners of the New York Yankees.

Over the years George made a lot of enemies, including managers, players and even family members. When all is said and done it was just who the man was, you don’t get the title of “The Boss” by being a nurturing kind man.

In a statement on Tuesday, Yogi Berra (a player who George Steinbrenner fired in 1985) said: “George and I had our differences, but who didn’t? We became great friends over the last decade and I will miss him very much.”

George Steinbrenner will be greatly missed and his legacy as the owner of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees will never be forgotten.



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