Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rest In Peace: George Steinbrenner dies of heart attack at 80

NY Daily News: George Steinbrenner, a towering and intimidating figure who dominated the New York sports scene for 35 years, winning 11 American League pennants and seven world championships as owner of the Yankees, died Tuesday morning in Tampa after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 80.
"The Boss" - as he was so aptly named by his longtime antagonist, Daily News columnist Mike Lupica - died at around 6:30 a.m., barely a week after his Fourth of July birthday.
He had been suffering from failing health, the result of a series of strokes, for the past few years.
"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing," said a statement released by the Yankees.
"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."
Flags at City Hall were to be lowered in tribute. [MORE]
The sports world has lost a giant. The brash and controversial Steinbrenner helped to make the New York Yankees the super successful franchise it is today. Love him or hate him, New York and the Yankees owes him a lot.


Just a conservative girl said...

It is odd, regardless of age, you never expect people like this to die.

I am not really a baseball fan, but growing up in CT I heard about him constantly. He did change New York baseball.

Scott Factor said...

Living near Tampa, I have personally witnessed the many good deeds...incredible philanthropy...of George Steinbrenner. I am not a baseball fan. I could care less about the Yankees. However, I always marvled at how cruel people, New Yorkers especially, could be about a man who would not hesitate to reach in his pocket and help those less fortunate. The money he spent on those that have less will serve as a testament to the memory of a controversial, yet I think, caring guy. Godspeed George...I think you set a fine example for your boys to follow.

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