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Yankees' George Steinbrenner dies at 80

George Steinbrenner, the longtime owner of the New York Yankees baseball team has died at 80. He reportedly suffered a massive heart attack last night and was taken to a Tampa hospital.


Mr. Steinbrenner, who purchased the Yankees on Jan. 3, 1973, was known as "The Boss" for his hands on approach to the management of his team.

Throughout his tenure, the Yankees won 11 American League pennants and 7 World Series titles.

He was also generous with his considerable wealth. After the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, Mr. Steinbrenner wrote a $1 million check to the school's Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund for victims' families.

Mr. Steinbrenner's death comes two days after the passing of Bob Sheppard, the Yankee Stadium announcer who was known as the "Voice of God."

A full obituary on Mr. Steinbrenner by writer Matt Schudel is linked above, and here.

Please leave your memories of the pinstripes' owner below.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 13, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Matt Schudel , T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: Bob Shepherd, Bob Sheppard, Boston Red Sox, George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees, Pinstripes, Steinbrenner dies, The Boss, Yanks, yankees voice of god  
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No matter what you thought of George, he was the "heart and soul of New York City" when it came to the Yankees. He huffed and he puffed,but he truly loved his team. To his family, may he rest in peace. We love you George!!!!

Posted by: concorde01 | July 13, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Now Steinbrenner and Billy Martin can fight again!

Posted by: pvogel88 | July 13, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

OK..again, I don’t get it. Here’s a guy that I have read about for years who treated his employees like something lower than dirt and the whole country is acting like he was a living legend? I don’t get it. While I would never take pleasure it the demise of any person…I mean everybody has somebody who loves them and hurts when they die but….I don’t get it. Oh, yeah, I forgot, he was another sports fanatic and he provided great entertainment for those other sport fanatics. OK, I get it, he contributed so much to our world. He cured cancer, he healed hearts and he gave people a reason to live…NOT! He was simply another sports fanatic!

Posted by: dhampton100 | July 13, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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