September 21, 2010 |
Barbara Kopple's "The House of Steinbrenner," the latest in the ESPN documentary series "30 for 30," in which notable filmmakers look at sports events and figures of the last three decades — over the life of ESPN, in other words — is a tale of two ballparks: the old Yankee Stadium, born 1923, and the one that replaced it next door in 2009. It's a lightweight but affecting little film, about time and tradition and torches passed, that doesn't get into any of the controversies over the new stadium's gestation or delve too deeply into the being of the team's late, brand-defining principal owner, George Steinbrenner, a figure loved or hated in New York in direct proportion to how well his team performed.
July 14, 2010 |
To many team owners and sports executives outside of baseball, George Steinbrenner was more than the top man at the New York Yankees. He was the quintessential New York model. "He turned the Yankees into the New York Yankees Corporation," said Eddie DeBartolo, a close friend of Steinbrenner's and former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. "He put them in a place beyond anybody's reachability. It transcended baseball." Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday of a heart attack, headed a small group of investors who bought the struggling Yankees from CBS in 1973 for roughly $10 million.
July 13, 2010 |
Michelle Kwan was a 13-year-old whose parents were trying to scrape up money for her skating when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner stepped up to the plate. Kwan, who became the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, never would meet Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80. But she still has the "wicked cool" Yankees jacket Steinbrenner sent in response to her thank-you letter for his $10,000 contribution to her funding in the fall of 1993. "He was like an angel to come and help us," Kwan said Tuesday.
July 13, 2010
'I'm obsessed with winning and everything that goes with it — discipline, pride, achievement. Isn't that the essence of this country? Isn't that what New York is all about and the Yankees always should be?' — George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at 80 of a heart attack 'The thing with the boss, he's an old football coach.... He sort of looked at the baseball season like we played 12 games and we had to win every single day.' —Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter 'All he was was a winner.
July 13, 2010 |
The New York Yankees had reclaimed what they consider their rightful place, atop baseball's throne. They celebrated on opening day, the champions with their rings, and George Steinbrenner came in for a little teasing from the man he had appointed as captain of the team. The owner had worn his Ohio State ring. Derek Jeter told him to take it off and replace it with that shiny new Yankees ring. "Those are the memories that you remember," Jeter said, "those intimate moments."
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July 13, 2010 |
George Steinbrenner, who made his name synonymous with the revival of the New York Yankees as a dominant baseball team and leveraged multiple championships into business ventures that forever changed the economics of the sport, has died. He was 80. Steinbrenner died Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., according to a statement released by his family. The cause was not given. The death comes as Major League Baseball prepared to hold its All-Star game in Anaheim. "He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and all of the other Yankee legends," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said.