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George Steinbrenner

owner of the New York Yankees from 1973 until his death on 7/13/10.

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  • Nov 15, 2010
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Loved to win, but didn't quite understand that it doesn't necessarily require an all-star army.
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review by . July 13, 2010
I guess I didn't think much of the man.
 George Steinbrenner passed away today. He was 80 years old. I will shed no tears for this man because in my opinion he was largely responsible for the destruction of major league sports in this country. Outrageous player contracts, overblown egos, meddling owners, exorbitant ticket prices and overly ostentatious stadiums funded largely by taxpayer dollars are the enduring legacies of this ego-maniac. His legendary tirades and countless firings of Yankee managers were an embarrassment to the …
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Some love him - some hate him, but no one can deny the fact that George Steinbrenner stands alone as perhaps the most successful owner in all of professional sports. Often depicted as the villainous ruler of an "Evil Empire", the outspoken proprietor has made no apologies for his demanding demeanor or ruthless business tactics that have propelled his New York Yankees to the top of the baseball world. Looking back on his stormy relationship with our national pastime, one has to wonder what is it about this man that has so infuriated the public? Is it really hate, or is it envy? That is the question. In order to fairly assess the man and his actions one must ask: "What would you do if you owned a Major League baseball team?" The answer is obvious: "Whatever it takes to win."

    That's Steinbrenner's answer too. He does whatever it takes. And he wins. And many fans and team owners hate him for it. Imagine being despised for being better at your job than anyone else. That's a typical day in the life of George Steinbrenner.

    With a background in football and basketball, Steinbrenner spent his early adult years as an assistant football coach at both Northwestern and Purdue Universities and also assembled multiple national champions in the National Industrial and American Basketball leagues. The son of a Great Lakes shipping tycoon, Steinbrenner went on to make his money as chairman of the ...

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