Tuesday, July 13, 2010

George Steinbrenner - 80

It's a sad All-Star day in baseball. George Steinbrenner, 80, died of a massive heart attack at his Florida home last night. He bought the Yankees in 1973 for a reported $8.6 million. In 2009 the Yankees were worth, according to Forbes Magazine, $1.5 billion. He leaves as a legacy the most profitable sports franchise in the greatest game on earth in history. He was both loved and hated by fans but, in the end, was more loved than hated because he produced winning teams in the toughest baseball town anywhere.

Steinbrenner once said that "Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next." With 11 American League Pennants and 7 World Series Championships to his credit, no one can doubt that he went out a winner. May he rest in peace.

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