The late-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 80 years old from a massive heart attack.
Celebrated as an owner who was very passionate about his team earned his nickname “The Boss” by having a short fuse with his managerial staff who would come and go as quickly as night and day. He would also have strict restrictions on facial hair from his coaches and ball players.
One story I was reminded of this morning is when Steinbrenner would argue with then-star ball player Don Mattingly who was one of the best in the game had a mullet and some facial hair. The two argued back and forth, and Steinbrenner actually threated to sit Mattingly until he obeyed. Eventually the two would come to a happy medium, but that just shows how set in his ways that “The Boss” really was.
Born appropriately on July 4th, 1930, the late-Yankees owner brought fireworks to the organization that he had purchased back in 1973. The total cost was $8.8 million dollars. Today the Yankees average salary is higher than that per player. If not, it is pretty darn close. Through his ability as a business man he started his own cable company network YES. The brilliant move has allowed the Yankees to compete in virtually every free agency and has developed them into a team that is loved or loathed by all.
His death follows the passing of long time public announcer Bob Sheppard. Funeral plans have not been made, but his passing in Tampa, FL has been felt across Major League Baseball. The game has lost one of its true pioneers.