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Tampa, FL (July 13) – The New York Yankees lost another icon today they lost their Boss. The owner of the team George Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead at 6:30AM.
George Steinbrenner suffered a heart attack at his home and was rushed to the hospital but nothing could be done to save him. Steinbrenner had just turned 80 years old on the Fourth of July and had fallen ill in recent years. He was kept out of the public eye for the most part over the last four years or so. The Yankees have had a tough week losing the voice of Yankee Stadium Bob Sheppard on Sunday, and now the team’s icon.
George Steinbrenner was no doubt tough, but he was one of a kind. Steinbrenner demanded excellence and got that. He bought the Yankees back in 1973 for 10 million, which was really 8.7 million because he sold a parking garage for 1.3 million and now the Yankees are worth over a billion dollars.
Steinbrenner ushered in free agency into baseball by going out and signing the best players. Under his leadership, the Yankees won 7 World Titles and 11 AL pennants with 16 division winners. That remarkable streak is very hard to match. The Yankees were always the best franchise and they were down in the dumps when Steinbrenner bought them. Steinbrenner brought the Yankees back and made them Champions once again.
There were not always good times as he was suspended twice, the second time is when most credit the Yankees for turning around and having their most recent dynasty. There were the run-ins with Dave Winfield, Billy Martin, and Don Mattingly. No one was safe from his wrath not even the vendors at the Stadium but in the end he was a very caring individual.
Steinbrenner always cared about his players as well as, maintaining a winning franchise. There were many former players who he brought back and gave jobs to throughout the organization. There were players like Daryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden who he helped during tough times and he did numerous charitable works that no one ever knew of.
George Steinbrenner truly was a Giant in the game and will be forever missed. There will never be another George Steinbrenner. Sons Hank and Hal Steinbrenner who George handed control over to in 2006 will run the team and still have the same passion but there will never be another George, let’s hope they honor his legacy well. RIP George Steinbrenner.