News broke this morning that long-time Yankees owner and baseball icon George Steinbrenner died.
Steinbrenner, aptly nicknamed "The Boss," reportedly suffered a massive heart attack this morning and died at 6:30 a.m. EST in a Tampa-area hospital.
Steinbrenner, 80, became the owner of the Yankees in 1973 and re-energized the Yankees from a fallen franchise to the biggest sports entity in the world. The loss of Steinbrenner is a significant blow to Major League Baseball, which lost one of its giants.
In recent years, it became public that Steinbrenner was suffering from failing health. His transition of ownership to his sons Hal and Hank became official in 2008.
In recent years, Steinbrenner made diminishing appearances at Yankee Stadium.
Steinbrenner accomplished a tremendous amount during his tenure as Yankees owner. Through all his great and controversial achievements, Steinbrenner became a larger-than-life individual in baseball. Steinbrenner became as well known around baseball as any individual player.
While not (yet) a Hall of Famer, George Steinbrenner had a Hall of Fame sized impact on the game.
Steinbrenner, who bought the Yankees in 1973 for $10 million, turned the franchise into a multi-billion dollar industry.
The Yankees won seven World Series and 11 American League pennants under "The Boss." Steinbrenner's Yankees teams won the most games in the 1980s and 2000s.
Additionally, Steinbrenner is remembered in the Tampa, Florida area for the tremendous amount of philanthropy and charity work he did in the area.