Jul
13

George M. Steinbrenner III passes away at 80

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Updated by Benjamin Kabak and Mike Axisa (11:05 a.m.): Longtime New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner III passed away at the age of 80, his family said today. According to reports out of Tampa, George was rushed to the hospital late Monday night after suffering a massive heart attack, and the Boss died at 6:30 a.m. this morning.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing,” the Steinbrenner family in a statement said. “He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80. He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family – his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973, when he and a group of investors acquired the team from CBS for $10 million. On his watch, the Yanks won 11 American League pennants and captured seven World Series titles. He took the team from an AL has-been to a billion-dollar global enterprise, revolutionizing baseball economics along the way. For better or worse, the sport hasn’t been the same since Steinbrenner took over. This, too, despite one of the most understated introductions in baseball history. “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned,” George said nearly 40 years ago. “We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”

Just a few months later, the Yankees’ Front Office was in turmoil as the people George brought in to run the team had departed. “Nothing,” Yankees limited partner John McMullen said, “is as limited as being a limited partner of George’s.”

In recent years, as his health began to deteriorate, Steinbrenner, famous for his temper and tirades, wasn’t involved in the day-to-day operations of the club. He relinquished control of the organization to his sons Hank and Hal in 2007, and the two have continue to run the team in his image. He is credited with changing the image of the franchise, instilling the famed no facial hair policy and requiring players to wear suits during travel.

Best known for his brash and often overbearing style, George was no stranger to controversy during his time with the Yankees. He was indicted on 14 criminal counts for making illegal contributions to President Richard Nixon’s campaign in the early 1970′s, and was suspended from baseball in the early 1990′s after paying Howie Spira to dig up information intended to smear his own player Dave Winfield. His win-at-all-costs mantra quickly infected fans and the entire New York region.

As an owner, George was temperamental to the max. He criticized his own players in the press and fired managers at whim. He had a particularly contentious relationship with Billy Martin and alienated Yogi Berra to such a degree that the Yankee great refused to set foot in Yankee Stadium for nearly 15 years. Throughout the 1980s, the team suffered under his leadership as George thought he could throw money at the team’s problems without developing an adequate farm system, and it was only upon his suspension in the early 1990s that the Yanks’ baseball minds were allowed to go to work.

Once Steinbrenner reemerged from his suspension, he became a period of nearly unprecedented success for the Yankee organization. He forged the way with a $95 million sponsorship deal with Adidas and formed the YES Network in 2002. In 1988, as the Yanks stumbled through the 1980s, the MSG Network had entered into a 12-year, $500-million deal with the Yankees for their broadcast rights, and the team wanted to capture that revenue for itself. It took the cable upstart just three years to surpass the MSG Network as the nation’s most lucrative regional sports channel, and estimates today peg the value of the YES Network — a River Ave. Blues partner — at a few billion dollars.

On the field, George’s mantra was “spend, spend, spend.” In late 1976, he made waves when he inked superstar Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $3 million, and from there, baseball salaries had nowhere to go but up. Over the years, Steinbrenner has courted the game’s best superstars even as personalities clashed in the Bronx Zoo years of the late 1970s and money didn’t translate into postseason appearances in the 1980s or early 1990s. Over the past 15 years, Steinbrenner hasn’t scaled back his spending; as Yankee attendance reached past the 4-million mark, the team’s payroll ballooned to over $200 million.

One of Steinbrenner’s lasting acts as owner will be the construction of a new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium. Since the early 1990s, the Boss had been clamoring for a new palace for the Yankees in the Bronx. Although the historic House that Ruth Built could have been renovated, George wanted to see if he could maximize his revenue stream by building a state-of-the-art facility, and the new stadium opened last year to a World Series championship. It will forever be the House that George Built.

Despite his glaring shortcomings, George was also an extremely loyal and extremely generous man. He donated millions to charity and often carried longtime players and executives on the payroll long after their time with the team came to an end. A Tampa area high school now bears his name.

It’s a terribly sad day in baseball, and especially in a Yankeeland still mourning the loss of Bob Sheppard. George went out on top, presiding over one last World Championship before he passed. He will undoubtedly go down as the one of the greatest and most controversial owners in the history of American sports.

RIP, Boss.

Credit: The photo above of Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner and Yogi Berra comes via The Daily News. Sports Illustrated has just published a slideshow of rare photos of the Boss that are well worth checking out. The Times has a full obituary.

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  • Apollo22237

    Please no. Let him be ok.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Doesn’t sound good.

  • JohnC

    Some reports are saying that he has already passed away. Hope that is not true

  • Tampa Yankee

    The link now has said he has passed away.

    • Tampa Yankee

      But now when I refresh it says he is just hospitalized. Strange…

      • Apollo22237

        It sounds like someone is trying to be the first to the “passes away” story without having concrete confirmation.

  • Chris0313

    Omg. Please no.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

    Wow! What a week. I hope he pulls through, but it doesn’t sound great right now.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    No no no.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Supposedly he was rushed to the hospital on Monday night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Uh oh. Bad news usually comes in threes. Sheppard, The Boss, and I’m afraid for who is next.

    • Sleepykarl

      Bubble wrap Yogi.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        yea, he was running through my head too.

        Just to be safe, I wish happiness and health to all in the extended Yankee family.

        • Mister Delaware

          Just made the exact same comment elsewhere.

          And yeah, this sucks. I imagine a lot of the people here are in the same boat as me (31) that they weren’t really old enough to remember some of the bad Steinbrenner incidents. Worst he ever did to me as a really conscious baseball fan was force a few overpriced veterans onto the roster. Hoping for the best.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            Exactly. I’m 24. I was really only around for the good times.

            I’m afraid we will now have to find out what happens when the Patriarch finally passes away. Shit has been known to hit the fan in situations like this. I hope not though.

            • Sleepykarl

              +1

              I’m 20 and never saw either ban from baseball he had. Just the good times of the dynasty.

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Blue Seat Blogs

    Ugh. Not a good week.

  • Chris0313

    This is beyond baseball. I just really want this man to be ok. For the sake of everyone who knew him and appreciated him. I imagine though, that many people were expecting this due to his declining health. But, can you ever really prepare for something like this?

    This is terrible. I really hope he’s ok.

    • Ross in Jersey

      You really can’t. We’ve all had loved ones who were near the end, knowing “it’s time” doesn’t really make it any easier to cope with.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        Not that this is really the time or the place for this discussion, but I disagree.

        An unexpected death is far more tragic. When someone passes who is sick and suffering for years, it is a different scenario.

        Both are tragic, but experiencing both somewhat, they are not really the same at all.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    They just said on WEEI that they are confirming the heart attack, and they have heard worse news but not confirmed so they aren’t saying what it is. Certainly doesn’t sound good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    harsh

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      This was a reply to a now deleted comment

      (I guess both of these can be deleted now too)

      • Tampa Yankee

        Did someone really say something horrible about the Boss right now? Love or hate the Yankees, what The Boss has done for the community can not be overlooked and goes beyond baseball. The Boss has helped build half of the dorms at both The University of Tampa and The University of South Florida. He has a Boy’s and Girls’ club named after him here in Tampa as well as a High School. He has done so much for Tampa that people don’t realize. I had a grad school teacher who came down from Boston tell me that he had no idea how much The Boss had done for this community and it totally changed his perception of him (although not of the Yankees). The Boss is an icon and that can not be denied. This is not about the Yankees or anything else. This is about a great man who needs our thoughts and prayers right now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

          No, it is was a comment implying he wanted Joba to die as well. And then the punch line was, just kidding, I just want him to go to another team. In that vein.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            People fucking suck.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Boy i just got to the airport and i heard it on the loud tv blaring in security and quickly turned on my computer to see what some RABis had to say

    I hope he can survive this, it will make me very sad to see the yankee community lose 2 great people in one week. It will make me very sad, i didnt really expect this news at all, but i pray he gets through this. Stuff like this always reminds you to make sure to tell your loved ones that you love them, because life throws its wicked curveballs at us at the most random of moments.

    Get Well Mr Steinbrenner, a world without the boss, regardless of capacity as an owner, is like a world without baseball

  • Colombo

    Fingers crossed and prayers sent to the Boss. Rough week in Yankee-land.

  • jsbrendog (returns)

    this is awful but at the same time, having a loved one going through alzheimers/dementia currently, it is better for them to move on then slowly become an empty husk even if it is hard. sorry if that sounds harsh, it is not meant to be in any way.

    • Tampa Yankee

      I’m in the same boat you are so I understand where you are coming from.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      agreed. It is a really a relief for everyone. The end is never pretty.

      RIP

  • phughesisgod

    Fox 5 says he suffered a massive heart attack and was hospitalized in Florida.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    ESPN described his condition as “extremely critical.”

  • Zack

    WFan said that the Yankees contacted them and the news is not good, said they’re releasing an offical statement shortly.

  • Januz

    If Mr. Steinbrenner passes away, it would really be one sad week (Right after Bob Sheppard died) (I can only imagine how it will be on Old Timers Day). If there is anything positive to take out of this, it is the realization that they lived to see the Yankees win the Championship last year, and as long as there is a New York Yankee team, those two men will never be forgotten.

  • JohnC

    NY Daily News is now reporting that George has passed away. Very sad day and sad week in Yankeeland. RIP Geroge. You were the greatest owner in the history of sports. YOu will be greatly missed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      Amen

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    Terrible news.

    Hopefully he recovers.

  • http://www.blueseatblogs.com Blue Seat Blogs

    My friend at ABC confirms, he has passed away. This is a sad day for sports.

  • ode

    dailynews reporting that he has passed away. Sad sad day

  • Jose the Satirist

    RIP George. You will be missed.

  • joe

    abc 7 just reported george steinbrenner died. RIP george, you will be missed.

  • Apollo22237

    This isn’t even fair. George and Sheppard so close together.

    • Tampa Yankee

      I agree. This is so very unfair.

    • Klemy

      Kind of symbolic in an odd way, I guess. That two very important people in Yankee history should pass on so close together, I don’t know…seems they are linked.

  • phughesisgod

    ABC is reporting on its website that the AP is reporting he has passed away. Im histerically crying right now.

    • phughesisgod

      ESPN is now going with the same thing.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

    AP is saying George passed away. God keep you in his glory George

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    RIP

  • JeffG

    Well he lived a pretty special life to say the least. Amazing legacy.

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    RIP George

    You will be missed

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    And until we meet again
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

  • Joe

    RIP George

  • colin

    I’m kinda hoping this is like that time everybody on the internet though Fidel Castro had died, but didnt.

  • http://www.newyorkstateofsports.com Adam

    RIP to the only Boss I’ll ever know besides Springsteen

    • Klemy

      RIP to the only Boss I’ll ever know besides my wife.

  • Russell NY

    Nothing I can say but =(

  • Craig S

    Sad day for all Yankee fans. Man, he did so much for this team, taking it from the cellar to a dynasty. Thank god they won that last title for him last year. He’s back with Billy, Mickey and all the greats now.

  • Across the pond

    ESPN reporting he has passed away. Gutted.

  • Kevin

    God Bless you George.. Thanks for all the titles.. You will be missed.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Damn. I guess I’ve been expecting this for some time, but that doesn’t lessen the shock. Thanks for all your hard work, George. As a fan, I truly appreciate your desire to do nothing but win. It may not have gone as smoothly as we all wanted and you may’ve done things we didn’t like, but your intentions were usually good. You’ll be missed, Mr. Steinbrenner.

  • john

    RIP George. Thanks for everything. You will be missed.
    John

  • Ivan R

    Forever The Boss. RIP George.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Well, we were talking about the Heaven Yankees in the Sheppard thread.

    That team just added the best owner in sport history.

    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

      Could The Boss field a team SO good that not even he himself could fire them?

  • Rick

    RIP Boss

  • Brien Jackson

    The best thing you could ever say about Steinbrenner as a professional: whatever sports fans said about him, deep down they wanted nothing more than to have him own their team.

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner.

  • CountryClub

    RIP Big Stein.

    BTW, I’m terrified that this means James Dolan will be the owner of the team within the next couple of years.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Wuh? Dolan and MSG have nothing to do with the Yankees. The team is comfortably in the hands of Hal Steinbrenner.

      • CountryClub

        Well, this really isnt the place for this conversation, so I wont go into great detail. But there’s been a lot of speculation in the past that Hal & Hank dont really want to run the team. And that the family would sell once George was no longer with us. Dolan has always wanted the Yanks and will be top bidder. Hopefully, the past couple of years has given Hal an appreciation for ownership.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Eh, owning the Yankees and George Steinbrenner go hand and hand. I don’t think it’s disrespectful to discuss the future of the team he cared about so much and helped to build into what it is today.

          And really, if Hal didn’t want to run the team, wouldn’t he have let Hank take the reins? After Hank made that deal with A-rod, you haven’t really heard anything from him. Plus, the family seems to have so much invested from Hal’s involvement in the team itself, to the new stadium, and the fact the Yankees are incredibly profitable… selling the team doesn’t seem to make much sense to me.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            Why don’t you save this for, I dunno, tomorrow? Seriously not the time.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              I said this when Bob Sheppard passed away.

        • Gonzo

          I think I am going to have to say that IF that were the case, there would be plenty of billionaires that would be in the bidding. If that were the case, Dolan’s ownership is not a forgone conclusion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        I will be curious to see how this all plays out in the next 2-3 years.

        I hope you are correct and all stays good and stable.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Man, this week sucks :( Sheppard and George at almost the same time? God must be putting together a team… He certainly has the best owner the Earth has ever known. RIP George, you’ll be dearly missed.

    2009 was definitely for you.

  • Gonzo

    The Voice of God will now be joined by the Force of God. The Boss was one of the best owners in all of sports. This makes number 27 that much more special. I think all Yankee fans, players, and ex-players can can find solace, even if only a little, knowing that George died a World Champion.

    To that end, thank you 2009 team for making that possible!

    • Pasqua

      The Force of God…I like it.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    As someone said above, the dude lived one hell of a life. RIP Boss.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Rest in Peace Mr. Steinbrenner

  • Church of the Perpetually Outraged

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner, thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  • Brian

    Forever the boss. RIP papa Steinbrenner

  • steve1960

    RIP Boss. Thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner and Yankee family.

  • Brazilan Fan

    Man i´m shocked. RIP boss, we´ll miss you. I hope your sons do hal of what you did

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The greatest owner in baseball history. You didn’t just own the Yankees, you were the Yankees.

    RIP

    • Krazziness

      Greatest owner in sports history!

      RIP Mr Steinbrenner

  • Djetet

    May God bless his soul. His passion gave me an incredible childhood as the best years of my life have been spent watching the Yankeed. He enriched my life to a degree I can never full share. Thank you sir.

  • Colombo

    Everyone is right…this just makes 2009 all the more special.

    RIP Boss, and thank you for everything!!!

  • Mark from Chicago

    “Now entering heaven, George M. Steinbrenner”

    ….Bob Sheppard

    • Dave

      I was thinking the same thing – George was waiting for Mr. Sheppard to be there to announce his entrance…RIP

    • thurdonpaul

      The Boss

  • Roddy

    Rest in Peace Boss. You will be missed.

  • ZZ

    This is not only the end of an era in Yankee history, but baseball history.

    Overwhelmingly he was an historically great owner, an extremely charitable man, and most of all a winner.

    Every part of his personality and character, the good and bad, were just pieces of the pie that helped create an empire in the Bronx.

    The Boss delivered joy to all of us in our lives the 7 times he lifted the WS trophy above his head.

  • Zack

    Horrible news.
    Not only did I loved him for whatever it takes to win, I loved that he could make fun of himself- guest appearance on Seinfeld and commercials with Jeter and Martin.
    There will never be another one like him.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Time to go “back to back for the boss”

  • Freddy

    Crying at work like a 13 year old girl.

    RIP Boss. Thanks for all the extrodinary memories.

  • Freddy

    extraordinary**

  • Opus

    I knew this day would come soon, but I still wasn’t prepared for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Some of the Top ESPN Headlines on the day “Yankees owner Steinbrenner dies at age 80:”

    “Tiger grilled on personal life by British Media”

    “Lawrence Taylor pleads Not Guilty to Raping Teen”

    Just thought that was interesting for no real reason whatsoever.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I hope that he and Billy are argueing away with Mickey instigating the fight.

    RIP, Boss.

  • theyankeewarrior
    • Apollo22237

      That’s really funny.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I think we should all eat calzones and drink Miller Light in George’s honor today. Everyone agree? Good.

  • Januz

    This is really sad news. There will be a lot discussed about Mr. Steinbrenner, but the reality of the matter is the man was a winner. The Championships, the New Stadium, the Olympic team, the Boys & Girls Clubs etc. Most of all, however, I think of last year’s title, which was essentially a goodbye to Mr. Steinbrenner. It was very similiar (Although not identical to Ted Williams at the Boston All-Star Game), These two men were very controversial (Particularly as it related to the mainstream media). But much of the hatred was finally washed away, and they lived long enough to be recognized for their accomplishments in and out of baseball (Ted Williams was a war hero in two wars (WWII and Korea). I hope he really enjoyed the title they brought to him last year. Rest in peace, you deserved it.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    What an awful week this has been.

    Rest in Peace, George. thank you for everything

  • Johnny O

    Very saddened by this. I hope they server eggplant calzones in heaven.

    Seriously though, the Yankees won’t quite be the same.

  • ANSKY

    RIP George, you will be sourly missed. I’m glad he was able to see one last championship.

    • ANSKY

      I meant sorely missed. I’m still in shock, even though I knew it would happen some day.

  • Guest

    Thanks so much for evereything, George! The rings, the quotes, giving Seinfeld great material, your passion your dedication, the commercial with jeter, the new stadium, instilling your passion in your sons, the memories, and, of course, the rings.

  • Kiersten

    Rest in Peace, Boss, and thank you for everything. You will truly be missed.

    Time to go get #28 for you.

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    I think the fact that the team got a new stadium and that elusive 27th championship last year makes this a little easier to swallow. What a great way to go out and cement your legacy as the greatest owner in sports. As the recent biography noted, he really was the Last Lion of baseball, and in some ways of all sports.

  • Frigidevil

    Rest in peace Mr. Steinbrenner, I’ll never forget what you did for me a a Yankee fan. While I was only around for the 90s and beyond, you made the Yankee experience the best in sports. You will always be in my eyes, the best owner in sports. Thank you for everything.

  • JC in NC

    RIP Boss…you had a ferocious appetite for winning and it has lead to so many great memories for millions of Yankee fans around the world. My prayers go out to the Steinbrenner family.

  • Apollo22237

    On Twitter – “Breaking News George Steinbrenner has just ordered Jesus to shave his beard and cut his hair.”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Haha, I like it.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      +42

    • NYY626

      I laughed. A lot. We’ll miss you George :(

    • Tampa Yankee

      I’m sure his second act was to fire Billy… again!

    • Kit

      Isn’t Jesus excused because he can walk on water?

      We’ll miss you, boss. You were epic.

    • thurdonpaul

      wow, reading these posts is very sad…until i read this one… that was an awesome little tribute to the Boss

  • pat

    Best owner in the history of sports.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    “Breathing first, winning second.”

    Amen, Boss. Amen.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Full quote: “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.” – George Steinbrenner

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Love it.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing,” Steinbrenner said. “Breathing first, winning next.”

          i had gone out to get the quote because i wanted to get it right. i’m glad you beat me to it.

          others have been tossing their ages out–38 (ouch)–my first memory of the Yankees was Thurmon Munson dying. Highlight was my daughter getting Reggie Jackson’s autograph this year at ST.

          George, thank you.

  • ledavidisrael

    A man who put everything into what he loved. It was this that made him a winner.

  • Maris61

    RIP Boss.
    You were the best owner ever and will be missed.
    God Bless You.

  • Klemy

    I know a lot of people (outside of Yankee fans) blame him for everything that is wrong with baseball, but damn I liked that man and his commitment to win.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    A nice little quote from a Rays fan over at MLB.com

    “We may dislike the Yankees, but right now it is time to mourn the passing of George Stienbrenner at the age of 80…..He had a massive heart attack last night and passed away this morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa……….Condolences and may he RIP…..

    Aside from baseball, what Mr. S. did for Tampa and Tampa Bay cannot be measured in just words. His contributioins to charities, kids programs, the arts, the Gold Shield organization he started, and so much more will forver be remembered…….Forget the Yankees for a minute and remember the man who gave Tampa and the area so much!”

    • Tampa Yankee

      I brought this up earlier in the thread. I’ve been down here in Tampa since 2000 and have witnessed first hand what he has done in the community. As a graduate of The University of Tampa, I am tremendously thankful for what he did here. With his donations to my school, they have built 4 of the schools 6 new dorms since 1999. His work beyond baseball is nothing short of extraordinary.

      • Capital T

        Not to mention how much he did for individuals which much less fanfare. Think of all the ex-Yankee players who he has helped stay on their feet

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Thank you, Rays fan. Very classy.

  • Capital T

    He just did another amazing thing for the Yankees. If George lived until Jan 1st, 2011 and then passed, the family would have been hit with a 55% inheritance tax on the value of the team. I can’t imagine a way for them to come up with that kind of money ( roughly half a billion dollars?) without losing control of the team. Once again, George did what was best for his family and the NY Yankees.

    RIP The Boss

    • pat

      Wouldn’t it be 55% of his share of the team? I’m pretty sure he only owned 51% Still, 250 mil is still a big piece of change.

      • Ed

        Did he even own that much? I thought he had been transferring his stake to his sons. I know that MLB has considered Hal to be the owner since 2008.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      i’m only remembering The Boss version of George, not where he was yesterday, so i’m going to imagine him saying “well, if i have to go, then i’m going to stick it to the man. tax free over the all star break dammit!”

  • Steve

    First the “Voice of G-d” and now his Boss. The All-Star Game tonight in heaven will be amazing. Condolences to the Steinbrenner family.

  • Patrick

    This is still one of my all-time favorite Esquire pieces (originally from 2002).

    http://www.esquire.com/feature.....ENNER_rev_

    One of my favorite parts (7 years before it became a reality):

    “What happened in Cleveland will eventually happen to Yankee Stadium. We grow. We can hold on to traditions in certain ways, but we can’t hold on to all of it forever. Look at the restrooms at Yankee Stadium: They’re not good enough anymore. I go to the World Series at Yankee Stadium and see a long line of guys waiting to get into the men’s room. Waiting! All I can do is say, “Hey, guys, hang tough!”

    Definitely worth a read and something to appreciate.

    I’ll miss the Boss and will always be thankful that I had tickets to the All-Star Game (and the Home Run Derby) at the Old Stadium.

  • pat

    One of my current managers had the pleasure of being fired by Big Stein on three separate occasions…. during the same phone call, hahah.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That’s so awesome. I’m jealous.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan – RIP, Boss and the Voice of God

      Your current manager is Billy Martin?

  • BadaBling

    You will be dearly missed, a great man, who wanted nothing more than to be the best and to win. Well Mr. Boss you’ll go into the Hall as the best owner in the history of sports. Thank you for giving us fans the best sports franshise ever. RIP and God Bless your family.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Some of the happiest moments of the past 30+ years of my life were made possible by George. People would think its insane to be crying the way I am over someone I didn’t know..but for all intents and purposes, the Yankees are my family. RIP George, give em hell in heaven and go easy on Billy!

  • Adam

    Since we all have been expecting this for a while, I wasn’t really hit by the news. But Sportscenter just showed an interview with The Boss from 1998, where he said that he wished his tombstone to simply say, “Someone who really tried.” To me this summed up the Boss at his absolute best. The dedicated owner, the quiet philanthropist.

    As a kid, I was at the game where the crowd gave a standing ovation (against the Orioles or Red Sox, I think??) as the news trickled through the Stadium that George had been suspended. And here I am 19 years later with tears in my eyes. Quite the reclamation story, which was, it seems, something that George (Doc, Darryl, even Ray Negron) really seemed to like. Thanks Boss, we know that you more than tried.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      don’t forget tim “crack rock” raines too

    • KeithK

      Agreed. Twenty years ago about every Yankee fan I knew would have been thrilled at the prospect of George being out of the Yankee picture permanantly. I cheered at the “lifetime” suspension – it’s about all we had to cheer about in 1990.

      through all the bloviating and temper you could always tell that he desperately wanted to win and that he cared about people (why else would be rehire someone so many times?). He will be missed.

  • Jorge

    I think the greatest trait Mr. Steinbrenner showed, more than his constant desire to win, and spare no costs in doing so, was his ability to evolve and change later on in life. The post-suspension George Steinbrenner was the model by which every sports owner should strive to be.

    I am proud to be a fan of the New York Yankees, and have Mr. Steinbrenner to thank for that. You will dearly be missed.

  • Jorge

    and, yes, I hope that Billy Martin has already been fired once in heaven.

  • Joey

    Jeez 2 giants in a few days. Thanks for everything Mr. Steinbrenner, you will be missed greatly

  • Brian in NH

    Sad to see a legend in baseball go. For all the criticisms leveled against him for his methods, he was a force for good for the Yankees, a force of good for baseball (Good Yankees=Good for Baseball), and definitely a force for good off the field (especially the Tampa area). He will be missed. I’d like to see the yanks stay in the Steinbrenner family for a long time

  • STEVIS

    A very very sad day in Yankeeland. The Boss had the vision to bring the Yankees back to prominence and to their rightful place in U.S. sports history . Rest In Peace Mr. Steinbrenner …. you were one of a kind!

  • Evan in NYC

    Thanks for all the memories, George! I’m only 24, but you build the only Yankees that I know and for that I thank you. RIP.

  • Januz

    There is starting to be some chatter about will this team be sold to Dolan, or someone else. The probability is it will not. There are a lot of changes in the tax code, since Obama became President (The so-called “Death Tax” is just one of them). Until these type of issues are sorted out (And if the Republicans retake Congress, they could change again), you will likely see no changes in team management structure (Obviously ownership stakes will change (George’s stake will be transfered)). In addition, factors such as Hal’s interest in running the team, and the difficulty in even purchasing a MLB team (Look at the Texas Rangers mess, or the year it took the Ricketts Family to purchase the Cubs). I would predict you will not see any changes in management until after the next Presidential Election, so that Hal (If he so desires), can sell the team, without a punishing tax bill behind it. ps. Doing a story behind the possible selling (Or non selling) of the Yankees would be a very interesting story for RAB to do in-depth this winter (After the season and the fall elections).

    • Nathan

      Anyone but Dolan

    • Chris

      Nothing is going to significantly change the tax implications of selling the team. Sure the tax rate may go up or down a few percent, but they’re not going to eliminate the capital gains tax.

      As for the estate tax, there is none this year so that won’t be an issue. Selling the team would be more likely if George had passed away last year or next year when the estate tax was (and will be) in effect.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        you’ve got a few errors here, and this would be a great topic to discuss tomorrow :) <–fake smile…i'm hoping if i fake it my voice wont crack…

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      There is starting to be some chatter about will this team be sold to Dolan, or someone else.

      No, there isn’t. The Steinbrenners and the Dolans absolutely hate each other and won’t do a deal together. It’s just not happening.

      I don’t know the full structure of the ownership, but Steinbrenner wasn’t the holder of the Yankees. He headed an LLC that owns the Yankees, and because of that, the tax implications of his death on the Yankees isn’t nearly as great. His shares of that LLC should just pass to his heirs on the board, and the LLC will continue to hold the club.

      Someone with more knowledge of tax and corporate law could probably paint a better picture.

      • Januz

        Ben, When I made that statement I did use the term or someone else. The reason I suggested doing a piece over the winter, is by then, we can start to see how things are headed in terms of issues like, Hal’s interest in running things, the tax and ownership structure, fall elections etc. It is also a good time, because there is a lot of dead time after the NFL Conference Championship Games, to spend on such an issue that requires a lot of thought and analysis.

      • YanksFan

        You have to get the FMV of George’s estate. This includes the LLC being marked up to its FMV, his house & other investments. I will assume that he had a will. Normally, you can give everything to your wife w/ zero tax consequences. There is also an exemption that has been going up since the Bush tax cuts. This year, as Januz said, it is zero. Anyone who passes away can give their estate to non-spouses completely tax free.

        This is assuming that Congress does not retroactively to 1/1/10 change the law. They have been talking about that all year – it just hasn’t hit the news as much as other stories.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      It really gets me annoyed when people start writing about something like this when someone just died.

      It hasn’t even been 2 hours and people are already speculating things. Save it for another day please. This is a sad day for the Yankee family/fans.

      R.I.P. Mr. Steinbrenner

      • nsalem

        double ditto God Bless RIP

  • JohnC

    Thank you George for all you’ve done. For rescuing this great franchise from the wreckage of CBS ownership and restoring them to the greatest franchise in the history of sports. You will be greatly missed.

  • Pat D

    I remember attending a game in 1989 when I was 8 years old. It was the year before his suspension. The wheels had startd to fall off the team that year, and they would of course crash in 1990. Thanks to my memory of John Candelaria having a terrible relief outing and Baseball Reference’s game logs, it was a 9-2 loss to the Orioles on August 24. Towards the end of the game, I remember the stadium bursting into a very loud “Steinbrenner Stinks!” chant (“Sucks” hadn’t really entered the popular lexicon at that time).

    Wow, what a difference winning makes, huh?

    This is, of course, very, very sad news. My condolences to his family and I hope this doesn’t overshadow the All Star game too much. It will be an interesting weekend in the Bronx, what with Old Timers’ Day and Bob Sheppard’s passing as well. Probably won’t be a dry eye in the house.

    RIP, Boss. Please treat Billy better this time.

  • Adam

    “I will never have a heart attack … I give them.”
    The Boss

  • Sean

    Thank you so much Mr. Steinbrenner for your dedication to our team. I hope the family continues to carry the torch with the same dedication and drive that you did. You will be sorely missed.

  • Brazilan Fan
  • Apollo22237

    ESPN is doing a really nice job with all of the Steinbrenner tributes. Saying I am “enjoying” it isn’t the right word at this time, but the station is doing a great job with everything right now.

    • Pat D

      Whereas MLB network can’t be bothered to stop showing a repeat of last night’s MLB Tonight broadcast to cut in and talk about it.

      YES is re-airing is Yankeeography right now.

  • viasistina

    I didnt appreciate his style at first, and I disliked the Billy Martin era, but I grew to admire and respect “the Boss”. He was a class act especially in his charities and he made the Yankees a winner and build the franchise we are love today. Thank you George, and rest in peace. Be joined with Roger, Joe D, the Babe, Lou and Mickey. You’ll have quite a team in heaven.

  • Evan in NYC

    Great Boss moment from Torre’s Book:

    Another time, Allen Watson, a relief pitcher, threw a bagel at a clubhouse attendant while goofing off in the clubhouse during spring training. Just as the bagel sailed across the room, Steinbrenner walked through the doorway. In the case of perfect timing: the flying bagel hit Steinbrenner in the chest. The clubhouse fell ominously silent. “Who threw that?” Steinbrenner Demanded. Watson raised his hand. “I did”. “I figured it was you, Watson,” Steinbrenner said. That’s why it didn’t hurt” And he kept on walking.

    • Apollo22237

      Haha, I remember reading that paragraph of the book a few times. Hilarious.

    • Klemy

      That is awesome. I wish I could bring myself to read that book, but I can’t. :(

  • DCBX

    Billy Crystal was not entirely correct – there are *4* things that are perfectly Yankee. Now all we have left is the pinstripes and the logo. :(

  • Mike

    Somehow, ESPN has purchased the rights to “The Decision II: Heaven or Hell”

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      If you are going to take the inexplicable route of making a joke right now, at least don’t steal it from a deadspin commenter.

  • rudedog71

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner…I’ll never forget the day I met him back in the spring of 96 or 97 at Legends Field. I shook his hand and asked him to please keep the team in the Bronx.
    He said “not to worry, we’re not moving anywhere.”

    • Capital T

      “I’ll never forget the day I met him back in the spring of 96 or 97 ”

      seams like you forgot the year :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        hahaha

  • GermanYankee

    omg, just heard it. Horrible days not only for Yankee fans but all baseball fans.

    RIP Boss

  • Mark D

    Rest in Peace Mr. Steinbrenner. Thank you.

  • Kit

    Good bye, boss, and thank you for all the things you’ve done for sports, for New York City, for the Bronx and the Bombers. We’ll miss you.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    CJ Wilson has the most beautiful take: don’t cry because it’s over, celebrate because it happened.

    The Yankees (and us) were blessed to have an owner willing to do so much to make sure his team was good, an owner that actually really cared about how well his team performed.

    Was he perfect? No way, but I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

    • ColoYank

      Very nice, Rebecca. I’m a little agog at the outpouring here. Steinbrenner was larger than life. He was an almost Rabelaisian figure who lasted long enough to outlive the blustering and tyrannical image forged by the loving-and-hating media.

      I was a fan of the Yanks before he bought them, and he certainly changed what they were at the time – a tattered remnant of a once-proud franchise. Remember though, that the Yanks only won – in the ’70s when Gabe Paul was free to run the club, and later in the ’90s, when it was Bob Watson and Gene Michael calling the shots – when George wasn’t directly involved.

      The best way to remember George is that beyond sponsoring championship Yankee teams, he was a kind, philanthropic individual who gave generously of his time and money to extremely worthy causes.

  • Bob Kohm

    A flawed and complicated man, but a Champion always. Rest in Glory, Boss.

  • Jake H

    It is a very sad day. RIP Boss

  • Brooklyn Ed

    sad week for the Yanks. =(

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    BEST.

    OWNER.

    EVER.

    • CNight_UP

      and it’s not particularly close either…

      • Zack

        George >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Rest

  • hlrjr

    wow, just woke up and saw this.

    can’t believe it.

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner.

  • Whitey14

    My condolences to the Yankee family, the Steinbrenner family, and all of you Yankee fans.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Thanks, Whitey. You’ve always been a classy adversary.

  • RollingWave

    Oh god… a sad day indeed

  • WhizzoTheWize

    Whizzo tips his cap to the greatest sports franchise owner in history.

    No one will ever do it with more passion.

    George waited just long enough to be announced into heaven by Mr. Shepard.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      George waited just long enough to be announced into heaven by Mr. Shepard.

      Wel said.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I woke up to this news. Very, very sad.

    Rebecca said it best a few posts above – he wasn’t perfect, but we are really lucky to have an owner who cared about nothing other than winning and how good his team was.

    RIP Boss.

  • Apollo22237

    ESPN has Bobby Knight coming up to talk about Steinbrenner. I can just imagine the times these 2 could have together.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    As owner of the Cleveland Pipers of the ABL, George Steinbrenner hired the first African American coach in professional basketball history.

    I’d like a little room on his tombstone saved to write the words “Civil Rights Pioneer”.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’ll file this under things I didn’t know. Way to be, George.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        More fun facts about Big Stein:

        The NCAA infrequently (i.e., not annually, just when they feel it needs to be given) gives an award called The Flying Wedge Award, to “an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership and service to the NCAA”.

        They’ve only given out 10 Flying Wedge awards, ever. Dick Cheney has one of them. So does Big George.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.....edge_Award

    • Apollo22237

      Did not know that…

      • Adam

        Amazing…speaks also to George’s tendency to keep his good deeds quiet. Just did what he thought was right and didn’t want the recognition.

    • mustang

      Didn’t know this but not surpiised.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      The brief Cleveland Pipers Wiki page is quite interesting.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

    Is it ok to cry :’( wow I feel like I lost a family member wowi can’t believe he’s gone first sheppard now george :( very very sad week in yankeeland :(

  • Adam

    Wow, Bobby Knight crying…

    • CNight_UP

      said the same thing

    • Apollo22237

      That just shows what kind of man he was.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        Wait, Bobby Knight crying is the standard for the type of man he was. I mean, some of the things Bobby Knight has said and done, I don’t know if he should be the standard.

        /just messing around a little bit. I get what you are saying.

        • Apollo22237

          Haha, I started reading that and said no I didn’t mean it like that, hehe.
          I just meant the fact that Bob Knight is such a tough guy and seeing him in public like that just lets you think.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

            yea, I know what you mean. It just shows the impact Steinbrenner has had on all kinds of different people across all different spectrums of society.

  • Reggie C.

    The sun shouldnt come out today over Nyc.

    steinbrenner’s iconic status should ensure a physical monument of some kind or at least a plaque in Yankee Stadium.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      “The sun shouldn’t come out today over Nyc”

      It hasn’t.

  • mustang

    Just heard really no words, but thank you, as a Yankees fan whether I agree or disagree with his actions Mr. Steinbrenner was all I could want out of an owner a man who wanted to win at all cost.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Rosenthal has a something up on Fox Sports talking about The Boss’s legacy. I found it very fitting that the ad before the video started was for a Lexus with the saying “pursuit of perfection”.

  • Nathan

    Well, obviously not everyone loves our Boss. Check out this clown posting on the metsblog link

    http://www.metsblog.com/2010/0.....ent-779383

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Check out this clown posting on the metsblog

      (thinks)

      Nah, I’ll pass. Thanks for the offer, though.

      • Nathan

        :-)

        It was really a sordid post. Classless and tasteless. He compared the Boss with US enemy #1 and Castro.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Normally, I’m the first one who loves reading bitter, whiny anti-Yankee idiocy. Today, though? Not even I. I find it unbelievably classless.

  • Ivan

    I just woke up and I just went on this site and I was stun to read your headline that Steinbrenner has pass away. Wow, im speechless right now. R.I.P. Steinbrenner. I alos send my condolences to the Steinbrenner family. Truly sad news.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • Longo

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner. You’ll be missed

  • rek4gehrig

    RIP Boss

  • Chris

    How long before he gets a monument in the park?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

      I don’t know if a monument is even enough for him.

      They will have to think of some way to properly tribute him I would think (statute, name the “field” after him). Those ideas kinda sucked. I really don’t know.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You know what? If they wanted to rename Yankee Stadium “Steinbrenner Stadium”, I wouldn’t object in the least.

        It literally is the House that George Built. Name it for him.

        • Nathan

          And a statue of the Boss — in seated position — near those seats behind homeplate, watching every game every night.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            … nah, that’s too creepy. Let’s not get macabre.

            I’m totally serious on the original idea, though. And I’m going to bold it for emphasis:

            Since the new Yankee Stadium was George Steinbrenner’s personal passion and signature achievement, the best and most fitting tribute to the man and to his stadium itself is to change the name to Steinbrenner Stadium. We Yankee fans who feel this way should express our views to the team and implore them to immortalize his name forever by adorning baseball’s cathedral with the name of the Yankee champion.

            • Frigidevil

              I agree 100%, is there an email or some other way to contact Yankees PR? We could start something big here.

            • Krazziness

              I’m with you – Steinbrenner Stadium it is!

              • Pat D

                I believe that the first person who would oppose a name change would be George Steinbrenner.

          • Chris

            They can put something right in the front of Gate 6. If anyone has been to Disney World they have a big bronze statue of Walt Disney at the entrance of Disney World welcoming everyone to the park. I think a statue of George right in the front of the stadium would be a great tribute and would be a great way for generations of future Yankee fans to understand where this stadium came from.

        • thurdonpaul

          not a bad idea, but imo i dont think The Boss would want that. he loved the Yankee name to much to replace it with hos own.

          • thurdonpaul

            his own

            • Frigidevil

              Maybe you’re right, but I dunno about the rest of you, this new stadium never felt like ‘Yankee Stadium’. It feels more like a new experience that George has waited his whole life to give to us fans. Sure, it caters to the rich, and I’m still livid about the moat, but it still has that aura of Steinbrenner’s gift to us. I think starting a movement to put his name on the stadium would be the best gift we could give back to him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        and by “statute,” of course, I mean, a statue. Far too much law on my mind lately (and far too much RAB for me in the past week as well considering I should be studying for the bar)

        But a statute would be pretty cool

      • DCBX

        161 + River = Steinbrenner Square. Bank it.

  • Sam P.

    Got to witness a lot of the bad and good from George over the years. His business vision and acumen was certainly something to behold. May his family find strength and peace at such a difficult time, no matter how expected (or unexpected) it may have been. A very sad few days for baseball and especially the Yankees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Fitting that Big Stein died during the All-Star Break. Has there ever been a bigger all-star?

    /lame’d, but too tempted to write it.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      And with the Yankees as defending champions, and with the best record in baseball. He wouldn’t want it any other way. :’(

  • pat

    Damn, first Bob, now George. Yanks are gonna go full vader on baseball for the 2nd half. 50-24, lock it up.

  • VO

    Paul O’Neil on Sports Center.

  • JoeC

    This makes last years Championship all the more Specical. Thanks George for being such as great owner. RIP Mr. Steinbrenner.

  • Pasqua

    If George still has his checkbook open in Heaven, then I believe that “death” will, henceforth, be known as “free agency.”

    Things just got a little louder, and a lot more fun, up there.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh man, RIP. Thanks for the outstanding work.

  • Yankeescribe

    RIP Mr Steinbrenner

  • Betty Lizard

    De-cloaking to acknowledge two things in connection with the death of George Steinbrenner:

    First, to honor Mr. Steinbrenner, and in gratitude for all the years of joy he made possible, I am resolving to be inspired by his example to pursue excellence TENACIOUSLY and to dream big.

    And second, I want to thank Benjamin, Joseph and Mike and all of you commenters here for your intelligence and humor. You’ve collectively made me smarter about baseball and greatly increased my enjoyment of the game. I’m reminded by Steinbrenner’s death that it’s immportant to appreciate the people in our lives–including our virtual lives.

    Three cheers for a great game and for a glorious team, and for all the excellent people who play, write, manage and cheer their hearts out in support of baseball and in support of the Yankees.

  • http://Twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

    Rest in Peace Boss, you will be sorely missed.

  • thurdonpaul

    RIP Boss , You will be missed, the Yankees will never be quite the same :(

  • Accent Shallow

    Requiescat in pace.

  • Januz

    The ultimate tribute to George Steinbrenner came when he saw the banner proclaiming “World Series Title #27, which properly Christened the New Stadium. I hope someday, they decide to put him (And Col. Ruppert) in Cooperstown. They both deserve it.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    http://www.petitionspot.com/pe.....erstadium/

    On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, George M. Steinbrenner III, former principal owner and managing partner of the 27-time champion New York Yankees baseball team passed away at the age of 80. During his 37 years of ownership and involvement with the Yankees, George Steinbrenner rejuvenated and restored the Yankees to their position as the preeminent franchise and brand in North American sports and as champions unmatched by any other organization. He changed the face of American sports and will be remembered as one of the greatest sports business figures in history.

    In addition to the 7 World Series titles won on his watch, Mr. Steinbrenner was instrumental in building a grand, new Yankee Stadium for his ballclub, a cathedral to baseball that has no peer. Just as he did with his team, Mr. Steinbrenner spared no expense to make his stadium the biggest and the best in the league.

    We, fans of the Yankees and fans of baseball, wish to see the legacy of our beloved “Boss” immortalized in the best and most fitting way: with his name on his stadium. It is “The House that George Built”; it is only right that it be named for him.

    We hereby ask that Yankee Stadium be renamed “Steinbrenner Stadium” as an honor and a tribute to the legendary lifelong Yankee who made the grand stadium a reality. The cheers lifted to the heavens from the next title won inside its walls should reverberate off of his name itself.

    Please rename Yankee Stadium “Steinbrenner Stadium”.

    Please click the link and sign the petition if you agree.

    • Pat D

      As I just said, I believe that the first person opposed to changing the name of Yankee Stadium would be George Steinbrenner.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Funerals aren’t for the dead. They’re for the living. George may not have wanted the spotlight or the honors, but we want to give them to him, and that’s what matters.

        • Pat D

          I would say start campaigning for his induction to the Hall of Fame then. Not that doing that would really matter, given how the HOF Veterans Committee is currently constructed.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Oh, I think he should go in the Hall as well. But whether he gets in or not doesn’t really matter to me.

            As a Yankee fan, I’d say having the Stadium named for Big George is a way bigger honor than the HoF.

      • Kit

        Agreed. The Boss seemed to be very selfless, judging by how much he gave. I’m sure he would have been honored, but he probably wouldn’t want it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Had he wanted his name on the stadium, I probably wouldn’t want it to be there. It’s like Ted Turner naming his field for himself; it smacks of self-aggrandizement.

          The fact that George didn’t put his name on his stadium makes me feel like he deserves his name on his stadium even more. He was too humble to put his name on his masterpiece, but we aren’t constrained by humility, we can bestow honorifics to those we feel deserve it.

          • Kit

            I understand what you’re saying and where you’re coming from and I do think you have a good point, but I don’t think he would have wanted it. If it’s done, I won’t complain, but I’m sure he’s just as honored to have the ST facility named after him. Yankee stadium should keep its name because it belongs to all of us–fans, players, employees and the Boss alike. It’s part of what he wanted to share with the city of New York and Yankee fans everywhere. He’s part of the team’s history, so he won’t be forgotten. They don’t need to etch his name into the side of a building to remember and honor him.

            • Joe

              Agreed. It’s definitely The House That George Built but he built it for the entire Yankees organization – players, front office, fans, city etc. I wouldn’t complain if it is named after him but I don’t think that should be the case. I have no doubt that the organization definitely find appropriate ways to remember him that will be representative of how influential he was to the organization.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Yankee stadium should keep its name because it belongs to all of us–fans, players, employees and the Boss alike.

              I don’t see how naming the Stadium “Steinbrenner Stadium” makes it belong to all of us any less. I don’t get that point. I don’t think Cardinals fans would claim that Busch Stadium somehow doesn’t belong to them just because it’s named for the team’s owner.

              In fact, I’d contend that the fans ASKING the team to name the stadium for the owner is dramatically different from the owner himself putting his own name on the stadium. They’re not putting their name on their creation, they created it and we’re asking them to honor themselves by putting their name on the stadium. There’s a different dynamic there, IMHO.

              They don’t need to etch his name into the side of a building to remember and honor him.

              Of course they don’t need to, but it’s a great honor nonetheless, and I think it’s fitting.

              • Kit

                It might be fitting, but I still have to disagree. I don’t think putting his name on the stadium would make it belong to us any less, but the name it has now encompasses the entire history of the Yankees, not just his era. I know what you’re saying and I understand your point, I do, but the man brought a franchise from its worst and restored it to it’s former greatness. He loved the team, he loved the history, he wanted Yankee stadium to be Yankee stadium. I think he wanted the greatness of the team, the franchise, including the time before him, to be reflected in our new cathedral, including the name. And I think it should stay that way. I’m not trying to argue, I’m just stating my opinion.

              • JC in NC

                Mr. Steinbrenner had a deep respect for the “Yankee way”, never putting oneself above the organization, we all know that if he didn’t want names on the back of the jersey he wouldn’t want his name on the side of the building, as much as he was larger than life I don’t think that is what he would want.

      • Accent Shallow

        +1

        The man had a sense of history.

    • claybeez

      Sorry, not even George Steinbrenner was bigger than the Yankees. Honor his stewardship of the franchise in a million ways including letting Yankee Stadium remain Yankee Stadium for eternity.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Naming the stadium for him is not making him “bigger than the Yankees”. I’m not asking us to rename the team the New York George Steinbrenners. I’m not saying we should remove the pinstripes from the jerseys and put a picture of his face on the players’ chests.

        I’m just saying “He built this stadium. Name it for him”. That’s all. Naming it Steinbrenner Stadium isn’t making him bigger or more important than the team, it’s just honoring him for restoring Yankee greatness by naming the most obvious symbol of his administration for him.

        • claybeez

          Hey, you have your opinions. I have mine. To me the Yankees should always play in “Yankee Stadium,” the home of the New York Yankees, not a stadium named for any owner, company or municipality. IIRC, to give some perspective, that was an opinion most on here shared when the details about the new (current) stadium were sketchy. George’s passing hasn’t changed my opinion. I respect that it may have changed yours. We just disagree about a name change and what it would represent.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Oh, most definitely.

            And as I said, had Big George wanted to name the stadium after himself while he was alive, I probably wouldn’t have thought it appropriate. If others want to name it after him posthumously, though, I personally think that changes the dynamic a lot.

            I see how you feel differently, though.

    • theyankeewarrior

      I’d be all for it.

      But I think I like the idea of naming 161st and River Ave. Steinbrenner Square.

      “Yankee Stadium” is about as permanent a name as you can have. The letters on top of that stadium shout it louder than any other cathedral in the world. (And they must each weigh about 10 tons)

      Plus, once the park is fully constructed across the street, the atmosphere in that area of Bronx will be completely different than it ever has before.

      It would be the perfect time to rename that area of NYC after the man who changed it so much.

      It’s not just that he built this new Stadium, it’s also what he’s done for the community of the Bronx, and what he did on that hollowed ground across the street from his new baby.

      • Scooter

        I like the idea of Steinbrenner Square

        Crazy thought – what about renaming the new Macombs Dam Park “George M Steinbrenner Park”?

        It seems fitting that the land that held the old Yankee Stadium (and whatever artifacts they add from the Stadium) would honor George.

        It still doesn’t seem real just yet – esp so soon after losing Mr Sheppard.

      • Kit

        I like this idea. It’d be better to petition the Bronx representatives for this since I believe they are all passionate Yankee fans (if I’m remembering correctly). The plaza area across the stadium is named after Babe Ruth, though, so I’m not sure if they’d be willing to change it. They should name the new park after the boss. There are plenty of city parks named after prominent NY figures, so I’m all for it if they change the park name. Or at least hyphenate it. Heritage-Steinbrenner sounds pretty nice.

        • DCBX

          Heritage-Steinbrenner? Meh, pass.

          Besides, I figure it makes more sense being that the plaza along 161 on the west side of River is Babe Ruth Plaza, 161 between Concourse and Walton is Gehrig Plaza. The intersection of 161 & River should become Steinbrenner Square, with a monument and some trees in place of that median area where the transit cops park.

          • Kit

            Heritage-Steinbrenner sounds bad out loud, now that I repeat it, and I agree with your layout. Sounds fair.

    • gc

      Uhhh, no. I’m sad to see him go, I’m grateful for what he gave us and our beloved franchise, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones, but no.

  • Kit

    Is it a weird coincidence that on the day Sheppard passed it rained here in the Bronx and it’s raining again today?

    • Ubu

      Nope. It is very fittingly that the heavens have opened up in overwhelming emotion of sorrow and joy over the passing and reverance for two baseball legends.

      God Bless You George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard!!

  • claybeez

    Can’t lie, I’m fighting back a tear or two. Maybe, not so much for the greatness of the man, but for his impact on the great love of my life. Let’s be clear, that impact was not always positive. I despised George Steinbrenner as a youth. It’s been no great shock to read how many of my contemporaries did, as well. His ego, the sheer brashness of it, seemed to be large enough to destroy the fortunes of the greatest team in sports history. In truth, I hated that George. I hated him like you might hate an absent father or an overbearing one. I rejoiced when he was banned from baseball for his misdeeds against Dave Winfield.

    Yet, after his reinstatement, he stayed in the background. He didn’t ruin what Stick Michael and others had built. He matured his temperament, kept his neurosis in check. He let the winning Yanks win. He accepted the blow it must have been to his sense of mastery – a dynasty built because of his absence. When you see someone grow, learn not to fight themselves, learn to choose peace over discord you can’t help but feel proud of him…forgive him.

    I long ago stopped hating George. I stopped because hate is bad, because George was good.

    Ultimately, Steinbrenner was as flawed as we all are only in an ampliified way. Though for every story that illustrates his bad behavior, there is at least one that illustrates his good. There was complexity to the man. In an age that seems so obscenely superficial, I can look back with nostalgia on a man, who was scorned and derided, with cause, while simultaneously making benevolent and magnanimous choices. Perhaps, it’s not greatness – he was no Mandela – but there’s uniqueness and originality. There’s certainly something worth remembering and perhaps even honoring.

    RIP George

  • Daniel

    One of my favorite Steinbrenner memories.
    His Visa commerial with Jeter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7BaQEguYs

    RIP to the Boss

  • Chris

    They can put something right in the front of Gate 6. If anyone has been to Disney World they have a big bronze statue of Walt Disney at the entrance of Disney World welcoming everyone to the park. I think a statue of George right in the front of the stadium would be a great tribute and would be a great way for generations of future Yankee fans to understand where this stadium came from.

  • Douglas

    R.I.P. George M. Steinbrenner III. May God Bless Your Pinstriped Soul for Eternity… our Patriarch, our inspiration, our friend…our Boss. All my love and prayers to his family. Thank you George and enjoy heaven forever.

    Never will I know a more dedicated, charitable, and compassionate owner in my sports loving life. George Steinbrenner III legend will never be matched or forgotten, I can only hope it will be cherished and honored like this hero deserves.

    Without the Boss, I fathom to think where our beloved Yankees would be. Surely, all the success and memories would be far less in grandeur and majesty. The caretaker of the pinstripes- grand enough for the New York’s spotlight; strong enough against all the merciless anti-Yankee bigotry; loving enough for an ever expanding universe of grateful fans of the most celebrated and successful franchise in sports.

    His legacy goes beyond the 7 championships, 11 pennants, 13 AL East division titles and well over 3,000 regular season wins… his legacy is defined by the honor and respect he receives from every man, woman and child no matter the age, creed or cap logo. The man was a legend befitting the team he came to represent and help so much.

    Goodbye George, the Universe thanks and loves you with all our spirit and soul. We’ll miss you, Boss.

  • Tampa Yankee

    I have to say, I am very happy with the local radio sports show hosts. They are paying nice tribute to The Boss. Many people are calling in with stories of how they met George over the years. My favorite came from a guy who spent 30 years working the docks at the Port of Tampa and was a customer of The Boss for some time. The caller stated that he was lucky enough to get an invite to go to a Bucs game in George’s box. During the game him and George were talking about his charity work and how a lot of the time he did it anonymously. The caller asked George why he did it like that and George’s response was: “My dad taught me that if more than the person at the charitable organization, the recipient/person in need and yourself knew about it, you were doing it for the wrong reasons.” Class act ladies and gentlemen!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      George’s response was: “My dad taught me that if more than the person at the charitable organization, the recipient/person in need and yourself knew about it, you were doing it for the wrong reasons.”

      Well said, George.

  • Dave G

    George Steinbrenner will always be for me one of the most magnanimous people. His competitive will was only bettered by his heart. RIP, sir and thank you. Thank you for everything.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Gotta love Buster Olney throwing out tax fraud allegations against Big George, but putting them in a loving light, haha.

  • Dick Whitman

    Thank you, Boss. You will be missed.

  • Joe D.

    ESPN is doing a fabulous job.

    It’s not about whether you liked the man or not, or whether you rooted for his team. It’s about respecting and acknowledging the massive impact his life had.

    Two huge chunks of my childhood have now passed in the last few days, and it hurts far more than I would have ever expected.

    RIP Boss, thank you ever so much for all the good and bad times.

  • Meat Loaf

    They needed Bob to introduce the Boss.

    • mustang

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • mustang

    Knowing George and Billy they are already argue about something.
    LOL
    The rain today seems fitting.

  • mustang

    “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing,” Steinbrenner was fond of saying. “Breathing first, winning next.”

    Classic.

  • Brian

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Steinbrenner. Thank you for everything. Just a quick story for you guys. About 7 years ago, I was in Tampa with my girlfriend. We were out to dinner and I was at a urinal when Mr. Steinbrenner came into the bathroom. Figuring this was my only chance to ever meet him, I went against my core beliefs and began to speak to him in the bathroom. I told him about my love of the Yankees and we had about a 5 minute conversation that carried over when we left the bathroom. At the end of the night, I asked the waitress for the check. She told me that Mr. Steinbrenner picked up the tab and handed me a handwritten note. The note said, “Brian, Thanks for the support. God Bless you and the Yankees. -GMS. P.S. You should really wash your hands for more than 15 seconds.”

    I know it sounds fake, but that’s a true story.

  • Orlando

    Aside from all the obvious baseball decisions that he made good and bad, he was also an incredible business man as well. All of these ex-Yankees that I am reading about all say the same thing. They use the words “father figure” to describe them and I believe that is very telling, In closing thank you and a huge “roll call” should go out to The Boss on Friday night for all that he did for us New York Yankee fans!!! RIP Boss!!!

  • Orlando

    Boss, father figure, anthropoligst, warrior to name a few but let us not forget that he was a great American as well.

  • http://WayneD WayneD

    I’m 55 years old so I’m old enough to remember the really bad days in the mid-60s and early 70s. My beloved Yankees became a baseball afterthought during that period. The team was often embarrassing to watch and our minor league teams were virtually devoid of any talent whatsoever.

    Then Came George . . . and all that changed in very short order. He restored the Yankees to their previous state of grace in baseball and turned them into the most financially successful team in the game.

    We owe all that to George and his total commitment to winning at all costs. Fans of other teams often complained that George bought his championships . . . but every single one of those fans would have loved to have George as the owner of their team.

    No owner in any sport was ever more committed to winning than George. He gave Yankee fans a chance of winning it all every year and brought us 11 pennants and 7 World Championships.

    You made your share of mistakes, George, like any and all mortal men, but ever Yankee fan owes you a deep debt of gratitude for all the championships and wonderful moments you’ve given us. I just wish they’d have put you in the Hall of Fame (where you belong) before you died.

    Thank you, George. Rest in Peace and, if there be a heaven, hopefully you can enjoy watching your boys win one more for you this fall.

    I’m an agnostic, but I have to say it anyway: Thank you and God bless you BOSS!