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Breaking: AP reports that George Steinbrenner has died

The Associated Press reports that iconic Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died after suffering a massive heart attack last night.

Update: Reader Stan recommends this report from My Fox New York:

George Steinbrenner has died, Fox 5 News reported Tuesday morning. The confirmation came from the Steinbrenner family.

Steinbrenner had suffered a massive heart attack late Monday night. The owner of the New York Yankees was taken to a Tampa's St. Joseph's hospital where he died Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m.

The family issued a statement saying that funeral arrangements will be private. There will be an additional public service with details to be announced at a later date.

"The Boss" as he was known in Yankee circles, bought the team in 1973 for $10 Million. The team is now worth more than a billion dollars. The Bronx Bombers have won seven World Series titles since he became the principal owner.

George Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4th.

He said he was "feeling good" after spending a couple hours Friday in his office at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida.

Steinbrenner was in fragile health for years, resulting in fewer public appearances and pronouncements. He stepped aside in recent years and his sons, Hal and Hank, have taken more responsibility in running the team.


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Comments (12)

here is a better story <a h... (Below threshold)
Even Boston sports talk rad... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Even Boston sports talk radio is paying it's respects to the man. Like it or not he was one of the sport's greatest owners.

Wow. I always kind of assu... (Below threshold)
James H:

Wow. I always kind of assumed he'd last forever. He was a larger-than-life personality, and the man best-suited to own a larger-than-life baseball team.

Wow, losing Bob Shephard an... (Below threshold)

Wow, losing Bob Shephard and George Steinbrenner in one week. I immediately thought of Shephard's voice giving the eulogy for Steinbrenner at the next home game and then realized that wouldn't happen.

The architect of the modern... (Below threshold)

The architect of the modern Yankees. RIP. I grew up in NYC during the Steinbrenner era, and was fortunate enough to be in the Bronx for Reggie's 3-homer masterpiece. This Saturday, I'm taking my 12-year-old to his--and my--first-ever Old Timers Day. With the passing of The Boss and The Voice this week, OTD 2010 will be like no other.

Since Steinbrenner bought t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Since Steinbrenner bought the Yankees from CBS in 1973 for a paltry (by today's standards at least) $8.7 Million there have been 100 ownership changes in the Major Leagues.

In 2009 the Yankees had $397M in ticket sales.

People will criticize him for inflating salaries in MLB but he also built value. People pay the ticket prices because they perceive there to be value there. Not everything he did was good but on balance he helped grow the sport and left it a better business than when he started,

IRS representatives said to... (Below threshold)

IRS representatives said to be sharpening their knives, and staring hungrily at his estate.

RIP, Mr. Steinbrenner. ... (Below threshold)

RIP, Mr. Steinbrenner.

My deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family.

Billy Martin met him at the... (Below threshold)

Billy Martin met him at the gates and started kicking dirt on his shoes.

All kidding aside, RIP from a Red Sox fan.

That blows.He did ... (Below threshold)

That blows.

He did more for baseball than people realize.

Great business man, though ruthless at times.

Can't deny his penchant for controversy.


Made a bunch of rich black ... (Below threshold)

Made a bunch of rich black athletes. A great individual who understands capitalism. Breaks the barrier of racism, and i think majority of american citizens understand that.

Most important of all he ma... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Most important of all he made a career for George Castanza when even Jerry was convinced of his lack of any usable talent.






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