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George Steinbrenner

July 13, 2010 by Post Team 

George SteinbrennerGeorge Steinbrenner: (New York Times) – George Steinbrenner, who bought a team of decline of the Yankees in 1973, pledged to stay out of their daily lives, and then, in an often tumultuous reign, he put his formidable stamp on seven championship teams of the World Series 11 pennant winners and an inexhaustible world of sport worth perhaps $ 1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees announced the death without giving a cause.

“It was an incredible man and charity, the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sport. It took a great franchise, but fight and became a champion again.”

Mr. Steinbrenner’s death came eight months after the Yankees won their first World Series since 2000, getting his six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in their new Yankee Stadium, and two days after a long time public address announcer team Bob Sheppard died at age 99.

Mr. Steinbrenner had had health problems for the past few years and rarely appeared in public. He studied at the opening game at the new stadium in April 2009, sitting in his room with his wife, Joan (pronounced Jo-ann). When he was introduced and received a standing ovation, his shoulders shook and cried.

He next appeared at the home of the Yankees new versions of the first two games of the World Series, then made his last appearance in the 2010 opener, when manager Joe Girardi and shortstop Derek Jeter, the team captain, arrived at his suite to present your ring 2009 World Series championship.

Mr. Steinbrenner spoke for only 25 seconds in the opening ceremony of the stadium in August 2006.

The owner swashbuckling family time Yankees fans and enemies reappeared briefly in October 2007 in an interview with a newspaper, when he threatened to fire Manager Joe Torre if the team did not advance beyond the first round of the playoffs American League. The Yankees were eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in that round, and shortly after Torre left after rejecting a contract extension a year with a guaranteed pay cut.

In the eyes of the figures in the heyday Mr. Steinbrenner Yankees, her aura persisted in spite of its fragility.

“It’s probably the most famous owner in all sports,” Jeter said after Mr. Steinbrenner was conducted in the field in a golf cart at a ceremony before the 2008 All-Star Game at the old stadium.

“To deliver this to the Boss, who had created the stadium and the atmosphere created here, it’s very rewarding for us all,” Girardi said after the Yankees’ World Series victory in the new stadium.

Mr. Steinbrenner, the Yankees principal owner and president, had given increased authority to his sons, Hal and Hank, who became co-presidents in May 2008. Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees partner of management in general as well, was given control of the team in November 2008 in a unanimous vote of the owners of major league clubs, who acted at the request of his father.

Mr. Steinbrenner was the central figure of a syndicate that bought the Yankees from CBS for $ 10 million. When he arrived in New York on January 3, 1973, he said he did not “actively in the daily operations of the club at all.” Having made his fortune as head of the American Shipbuilding Company, headquartered in Cleveland, said, “I stay with the boats.”

But four months later, Michael Burke, who had been running the Yankees for CBS and had stayed to help manage the franchise, departed after clashing with Mr. Steinbrenner. John McMullen, a minority owner in the union, then noted that “nothing is so limited as being a limited partner of George.”

Mr. Steinbrenner emerged as one of the most powerful, influential and, in the eyes of many executives, notorious in sports. He owned the high-level club in baseball in his death, the man known as the Boss.

A pioneer of modern sports property, Mr. Steinbrenner began the wave of high output for playback of talent in free agency came in the mid-1970s, and continued to move freely through the reactivation of the Yankees the late ’70s and early ’80s, the long stretch without winning a pennant and then renewed under Torre and general manager Brian Cashman.

approximately $ 210,000,000 of the Yankees payroll in 2009 dwarfed all others in baseball, and the team paid millions of dollars on baseball’s luxury tax and revenue sharing with teams from small markets.

In the frantic 70 and 80, when general managers, field managers and pitching coaches were sent spinning through the revolving door of Mr. Steinbrenner staff (Billy Martin had five seasons as manager), the franchise became known as Bronx Zoo. In December 2002, the company Mr. Steinbrenner had become so rich that the president of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino, frustrated at losing pitcher Jose Contreras to the Yankees, called the “evil empire” .

But Mr. Steinbrenner and the Yankees thrived through all the arguments, all the confusion, all bombast. Having been without a championship since 1964 when Mr. Steinbrenner bought them, supporting attendance drops, while the upstart Mets prospered, the Yankees once again became the U.S. sports franchise tent.

Yankee Stadium underwent a major renovation in the mid-1970s, but that did not satisfy Mr. Steinbrenner over the years and the construction of new stadiums, with many luxury boxes that cater to corporate America. He looked to New Jersey, pushed for a new stadium in Manhattan and ultimately have a stadium built 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in the Bronx, along with the original House that Ruth built.

Mr. Steinbrenner found new sources of revenue for cable television for the first time in many years with the network of Madison Square Garden and then with the creation of the Yankees YES network. The franchise also engineered lucrative marketing contracts, in particular, a 10-year, $ 95,000,000 deal with Adidas clothing.

In 2005, the Yankees became the second American League team to exceed four million mark in home care (Toronto Blue Jays did it from 1991-1993), from a league-record 4,090,696. His presence at home has increased over the next three years, reaching a record 4,298,655 league in 2008. However, attendance dropped to 3,719,358 in the first year in the new stadium, which had fewer seats and higher ticket prices.

Mr. Steinbrenner lived year round in Tampa, but became a celebrity in New York and a figure in popular culture. He was lampooned, with your permission, for a cartoon series “Seinfeld,” played by actor Lee Bear, who was photographed always behind the head on the desk, waving his arms and pressing conveniently, while Larry David, co-creator of the program, provided the voice. George Costanza (Jason Alexander) became assistant secretary of Mr. Steinbrenner travel, whose functions include fetching underwear for him.

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