Oct
14

Knowing George M. Steinbrenner III

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When Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner passed away in July, The Times ran a personal recollection by Mary Jane Schriner of the Boss. Schriner had know George when the two were teenagers, and she remembered him as a “fun-loving, kind and generous young man who brightened my youth.” Schriner revealed that she was still in possession of a series of letters a young Steinbrenner had written her back in 1949, and she wanted to publish these letters, a testament to a budding relationship that was stunted by college and the intervening years.

Today, The Times has a follow up. The Yankees have so far successfully blocked publication of the letters. Yanks’ COO Lonn Trost said the contents “will cause untold embarrassment and damages to the Steinbrenner family and the Steinbrenner’s business interests.” The Yanks claimed that Steinbrenner holds the copyright in the letters and can block as sale. As my Copyright professor explains to The Times, George Steinbrenner’s copyright simply prevents publication, and Schriner can still sell the letters.

For her part, Mary Jane Schriner says there’s “nothing in those letters to upset her. They’re sort of boring.” For now, the Schriners are trying to convince the Hall of Fame to take and attempted to auction them on eBay. The auction, though, set to start at $50,000, drew no bidders. As this saga plays, Schriner has also published a story about her summers with George. The 20-year-old Steinbrenner was a charmer in training.

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  • MikeD

    Odd. I would have guessed the person receiving the letters now owns the content.

  • General Tso’s Chicken

    Geez Ben, why ya wanna ruin ya life by becoming a lawyer?

    Mark my words…. {{{{{{echo}}}}} you’ll be sorry….{{{{{{echo}}}}}

  • isaidallo

    So, Big Stein was in love with Mary Jane?

  • vin

    This story reminds me of this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cheever_Letters

  • Michael Schriner

    My mother wrote another story about George and her. This is a fun read, http://mjschriner.wordpress.co.....umble-pie/