Steinbrenner Dead

July 13, 2010 by Post Team 

Steinbrenner DeadSteinbrenner Dead:( — In a statement issued by the storied franchise, the Steinbrenner family said he died in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday morning at the age of 80.

“It is with deep sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announced his death,” said the statement, which came in the wake of reports by the media that Steinbrenner suffered an apparent heart attack.

Nicknamed “The Boss” Steinbrenner was one of the most powerful and richest in U.S. sports. He had the famous New York team since 1973, enjoying seven World Series, including last year.

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

Although Steinbrenner became synonymous with the Yankees, had interests in other sports. An old car football field, he served as vice chairman of U.S. Olympic Committee 1989 to 1996 and entered six horses in the Kentucky Derby – winning any of them.

A handy homeowner who was for years the face of the Yankees, was famous for his frank style, deep pockets and relentless drive to make the team the best and richest in the world.

Last year, the Yankees moved from its historic stadium in the Bronx to a new facility within walking distance, which was quickly dubbed “The House that George Built.”

Steinbrenner appeared in only four games in the new stadium – the opening match there in April 2009, the first two games of the World Series last season and the first home game this season.

When he attended this year, Yankees captain Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi visited his suite to deliver Steinbrenner seventh World Series ring.

Steinbrenner, who celebrated his birthday on July 4, had been in poor health for several years and had spent the day to day control of the team to his sons Hal and Hank in 2007.

Steinbrenner fainted at a memorial service for Otto Graham star in the NFL in 2003 and appeared fragile at the 2006 ceremony for the new stadium.

Still, he bristled at questions about his health.

“No, I had a stroke. I’m not sick. I exercise every day, “Steinbrenner said in 2006.” I would like to see people who say that to come here and do the workout that I do. ”

His death was a blow to the club after Bob Sheppard, whose more than 50 years as public address announcer at Yankee Stadium earned him the nickname “The voice of the Yankees,” died Sunday at age 99.

Steinbrenner family said there would be a private funeral, with an additional public service “with details to be announced at a later date.”

“Few people have had a bigger impact in New York during the past four decades, George Steinbrenner,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement.

“George had a deep love for New York, and his fierce determination to succeed, combined with his deep respect and appreciation for the talent and hard work made him a quintessential New Yorker.”

Steinbrenner led a group that bought the club on January 3, 1973, and proved to be anything other than an absentee landlord.

He feuded with the Yankees legend Yogi Berra and had a roller-coaster relationship with manager Billy Martin – Steinbrenner hired five times.

In 1985 he denounced future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield “Mr. May” – a dig at Winfield after a poor performance in the postseason fall.

Although Steinbrenner has enjoyed its reputation as the “Boss” could also make fun of him.

He hosted the comedy show “Saturday Night Live” and appeared with Martin in a television commercial.

His millions of dollars in charitable contributions often come with the condition that her name be kept secret.

“It was an incredible man and charity. First was devoted to his family – his beloved wife, Joan, and his sisters, Susan Kamm Norpell and Judy, his sons, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica and Hal, and all their grandchildren “the family said.

However, the major forms Steinbrenner costs – made the Yankees the first team with a payroll of $ 200 million – made him a lightning rod for criticism, with some complaining that the huge salaries paid to players as Jeter, and current and former sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Jackson put his baseball salary scale out of service.

For Steinbrenner, however, the victories were worth the price.

“Winning is most important in my life, after breathing,” she would say. “Breathing in the first place, forthcoming.”

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