George Steinbrenner's Greatest Moments as Yankees Owner
Today was a sad day in the history of the New York Yankees ball club. Long time owner George Steinbrenner suffered a major heart attack at his home in Tampa, Florida. One could say that after buying the Yanks for whole $8,000,000 in 1973, Steinbrenner brought the Yanks back to glory the glory days of old -- the glory days that Yankee fans were waiting for, for so long. As of today (July 13th, 2010), the Yankees estimated net worth (according to nbcsports.com) is somewhere around $1.6 billion. It isn't quite enough to say that Steinbrenner took New York back to the promise land that is Major League Baseball, because he did a lot more than just that for this ball club.
To pay our respects to a man that transcended Major League Baseball - for better or for worse - I have listed just a few of Steinbrenner's greatest moments as Yankees owner. Enjoy.
4.) Steinbrenner buys the Yankees
In 1973, the man that Yankees fans could call their savior, buys the Yankees for a whopping $8 million. Steinbrenner would lead the Yankees back to the promise land, only to land 7 World Series titles, and 11 pennants. "The Boss" brought back fame and winning to a club that needed it dearly.
3.) "Shave that Beard!"
If there is one policy Steinbrenner had OTHER than winning at any cost, it was to keep a clean and tidy face (except for the well-shaven mustache).
This policy would be one of the few things that set Steinbrenner apart from the average team owner.
George's expectations for his players led to some unusual and comedic incidents.
2.) Baseball Innovation
George Steinbrenner helped revolutionize baseball by being the first owner to sell TV cable rights (MSG Network). Along with growing the Yankees from a $10 million franchise to a $1.2 billion heavyweight, becoming the first professional sports franchise to be estimated over $1 billion.
1.) The Championships
In championship count, no one compares to the 7 World Series titles (including a 3-peat in 1998, 1999, and 2000) and 11 pennants that Steinbrenner brought to the Yankees.
These achievements were far from easy. You had to bring in the best of the best to win in New York, and that is exactly what Steinbrenner did.
Excellence was a priority for Steinbrenner, a man who loved the game of baseball, and the Yankees. Good bye, George.