Lest we forget: George Steinbrenner

Ron KaplanContributor IJuly 13, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 13:    Fan Mary Byrne, 28, (R) of Saddlebrook, New Jersey, and members of the media look at rose petals and a rose in front of Gate 4 at Yankee Stadium, after the death of George Steinbrenner July 13, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Steinbrenner, 80. long time owner of the New York Yankees, died July 12, in Tampa Bay, Florida after suffering a massive heart attack.  (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Eric Thayer/Getty Images

The legendary Yankees “Boss” died of an apparent heart attack .

Steinbrenner, who turned 80 on July 4, had been in failing health for the past few years. His death comes just days after Bob Sheppard, another long-time Yankees fixture.


No doubt his death renewed interest for books such as Bill Madden’s recent and excellent biography. Fittingly, Madden wrote the Daily News story that hit the web just minutes ago. Journalistic neutrality aside, I imagine this must have been a difficult assignment.

3:48 p.m.: The papers—especially in New York—will be full filled with stories and nostalgia about Steinbrenner. I still have editions from when Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle died and I think this will be fairly close. In the meantime, here’s an interesting slide show from WSJ.com, chronicling how the paper covered Steinbrenner over the years .