Storied New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died of a heart attack Tuesday, leaving MLB without one of its most accomplished and respected icons.
Steinbrenner did for the Yankees what Lee Iacocca did for the Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s—he lifted his organization from a slump, and garnered unparalleled respect for the brand he represented.
The Yankees' winningest principal owner, Steinbrenner lived long enough to see his team win its 27th World Series title in 2009.
How does Steinbrenner rank among other MLB all-time owners?
Win-loss percentage is one way to compare sports leaders, but there are other key concepts to consider: philosophy, innovation and impact on history.
The following is an analysis of MLB's most significant owners of the 20th and 21st centuries.