The Boss's resume: 11 pennants, seven World Series championships, a ton of money spent, and even more controversy.
Steinbrenner represented the Yankees in more ways than being one of the team's "faces". He had a win-at-all-costs mentality that led the team to multiple championships.
His hands-on approach led to the dubbing of the nickname "Manager George" by former Yankees skipper Dallas Green. He played a prominent role in driving up player salaries and often had run-ins with his players and managers.
He dismissed manager Billy Martin on five seperate occasions, and from 1973 until his retirement in 2006 had 20 different managers.
Many players had problems with George's strict no facial hair rule. He criticized players such as Dave Winfield often for poor performance.
Steinbrenner was indicted on 14 criminal counts for making illegal contributions to the Richard Nixon re-election campaign. He was suspended for two years by commissioner Bowie Kuhn, though it was reduced to fifteen months.
in 1990, he was banned for life after he paid a gambler $40,000 for "dirt" after Winfield sued him. His reputation was never fixed again.
The ban did not remain, however, when Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993. The Yankees won four World Series in 1996, 1998,1999, and 2000.
Whether you hated him or loved him, he was one of the game's most successful owner, as well as the most controversial. He will be missed.