The end of an era

George Steinbrenner, owner of New York Yankees, dead at age of 80.

George Steinbrenner, a towering and intimidating figure who dominated the New York sports scene for 35 years, winning 11 American League pennants and seven world championships as owner of the Yankees, in and around two suspensions from baseball and multiple feuds and firings, died Tuesday morning in Tampa after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 80.

“The Boss” – as he was so aptly named by his longtime antagonist, Daily News columnist Mike Lupica – died at around 6:30 a.m. according to a high placed Yankee source. He had been suffering from failing health, the result of a series of strokes, for the past few years.

In Steinbrenner’s blustering and bombastic reign as the longest-termed owner in their history, the Yankees recovered from the rubble of their darkest era under CBS’ ownership (1964-72) to win world championships in 1977 and 1978, only to fall and then rise again with another dynastic string of four championships under manager Joe Torre from 1996-2000 and then winning a seventh world championship for him under Joe Girardi this past season.

Thank you, Mr. Steinbrenner, for putting together the team — Martin, Jackson, Munson, Hunter, Guidry, Chambliss, Randolph — that permitted me to watch the greatest World Series ever. IMHO, of course.

8 thoughts on “The end of an era”

  1. I have always been (and always will be) a NY Yankee fan.

    I was living in NY back in those days and the memories of the 1977 and 1978 seasons are priceless.

    That six game at Yankee Stadium when Reggie Jackson hit each of those three unforgettable home runs on the first pitch was the greatest baseball game I ever watched in my life and the stuff of legends.

    Plus several times I went to the old Yankee stadium to watch them play.

    Thank you Mr. Steinbrenner for making it all happen…

    Thank you Mr. Steinbrenner for the memories…

  2. a world series can’t be the greatest ever if it doesn’t go the full 7…I would argue that the ’77 Game 6 wasn’t even the best Game 6 ever.

  3. You’re right, I should be thankful.

    Thanks, George, for putting together the only MLB team to piss away a 3-0 lead in a best of 7 series. Good times, good times.

    • He made LOTS of mistakes. That’s a fact. That doesn’t lessen my fond remembrance of that 1977 Series. I don’t follow baseball much these days, what with the steroid scandals and false home-run stats. Baseball is no longer a pleasure.

  4. You win some and you loose some, that’s life (specially in sports).

    In the case of Mr. Steinbrenner he won a lot more than he lost and that’s alright by me…

  5. I went to UM/USF game up in Tampa last year. To get to the stadium you need to walk by the Yankees spring training facility – I am not a fan to say the least – but it was cool looking at the nondescript building and seeing a faded parking stop that read simply (if memory serves me correct) “GMS.” Our friend lives near The Boss’ house so we drove by – it was nice but nowhere near as nice as Jeter’s

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