Remembering "The Boss"
George Steinbrenner was a polarizing figure. Two different authors could write two different books and it would be two different versions, but both would be right. Not to many people can have that effect, but Mr. Steinbrenner did. He just turned 80 on the 4th of July, but on July 13th, he passed away at his home in Tampa, Florida.
Many baseball fans (OK, people who dislike the Yankees) say he bought his way to 7 World Series titles. They say he had an unfair advantage because of the YES Network and the New York media market. They say he was to demanding and didn't care about anything except winning at all costs (pun intended).
I disagree on all accounts.
"The Boss" bought the Yankees for $10 million dollars in 1973 from CBS Inc. He only used a little over $100,000 of his own money in that transaction (with 13 other businessmen). But these weren't the Yankees of the past with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Ford, Berra and Mantle, they were a team that wasn't very good. They were in the lower half of the AL (and later the AL East). In the 38 years under his ownership, he took that $10 million dollar investment and turned it into a 1.6 billion dollar empire (trailing only Manchester United, $1.8 billion, and the Dallas Cowboys, $1.65 billion for the richest in pro sports according to Forbes). Mr. Steinbrenner also had a vision off the field for his team and their revenue. He revolutionized the
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