Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at the age of 80

7/13/10 in MLB   |   Scott   |   53924 respect

George Steinbrenner, who rebuilt the New York Yankees into a sports empire with a mix of bluster and big bucks that polarized fans all across America, died Tuesday morning of a massive heart attack at the age of 80. 

For more than 30 years, Steinbrenner lived up to his billing as ''the Boss," a nickname that fit him quite well as he ruled with an iron fist.  Known for his clashes with Yankee greats Yogi Berra, Billy Martin and most recently, Joe Torre,  Steinbrenner was the epitome of doing what it took to win.  Whether you like it or not, you cant deny the guys hunger for wanting to be the best, even if it came at the expense and integrity of the game of baseball itself. sometimes.  As a result, The Yankees won seven World Series titles after his reign began in 1973.  However, in recent years, Steinbrenner's health had become a concern and he left the everyday job of running the team to son's Hank and Hal.

His death was the second in three days to rock the Yankees. Bob Sheppard, the team's revered public address announcer from 1951-07, died Sunday at 99.
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