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July 13, 2010

George Steinbrenner (1930-2010)

Rare in sports is an owner that transcends the team.

Currently, Dan Gilbert is making news with his Cleveland Cavaliers. A couple of years ago, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on "Dancing with the Stars".

Before either of them...New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was making headlines. Often times, BEFORE the team did.

Early this morning, Steinbrenner's family confirms, "The Boss" died. More details will be coming out I'm sure...but here is what is saying.

TMZ has confirmed legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died last night after suffering a "massive" heart attack.

According to multiple reports, Steinbrenner, who turned 80 years-old on July 4th, was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital in Tampa where he was later pronounced dead.

Steinbrenner, a U.S. Navy veteran, retired from running the Yankees in 2006... leaving his sons Hank and Hal to run the team.

Since Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973, the Yankees locked up 11 pennants and seven World Series titles.

Among Steinbrenner's many accomplishments, his famous "grooming policy", in which players and coaches are not allowed to sport hair past their collar ... and the only acceptable facial hair is a mustache.

UPDATE: A rep for the Steinbrenner family has released a statement saying, "It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80."

The rep adds, "Funeral arrangements will be private. There will be an additional public service with details to be announced at a later date."

Here's hoping that Bud Selig and Major League Baseball does Steinbrenner right and conduct a moment of silence tonight prior to the All-Star Game.

And furthermore...can we get him into baseball's Hall of Fame?

BallHype: hype it up!


Vinnie said...

Does heaven have a salary cap? Hope not...

Dean Hybl said...

Not a Yankee fan, but I do think Steinbrenner belongs in the HOF. We are running a poll asking that question at Sports Then and Now. I'm curious to see the final results. Love him or hate him, I think everyone definitely had an opinion about Steinbrenner.