New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died at the age of 80. The New York Yankees owner died of an apparent heart attack, according to a CNN report this morning. Steinbrenner was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tampa, Florida, where he passed away on Tuesday, July 13. Steinbrenner hadn’t been fairing well in recent years, and had made his son, Hal Steinbrenner, a managing partner of the team. This should provide for a smooth transition in regard to ownership of the New York Yankees, but baseball has truly lost one of its most interesting characters.
During his time as owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner won seven World Series titles, including three in a row from 1998-2000. That included winning the American League 11 times, and numerous division titles to go along with it. It was quite an investment for Steinbrenner, who only had to pay $10 million for the Yankees back in 1973, and had turned the franchise into one of the most valuable in all of sports. During the last calculation of sports teams’ worth, it was estimated that the New York Yankees were worth more than $1 billion. With the construction of their brand new stadium, it makes this franchise worth even more to the Steinbrenner family. His management of the franchise has allowed them to become one of the most powerful forces in baseball.
Steinbrenner was one of the personalities that every fan of baseball knew about, whether they were a fan of the New York Yankees or a competitor, and he was the face of Yankees baseball for quite some time. Maybe, in a way, it is fitting that Steinbrenner died during the same week as his famous announcer.
Bob Sheppard died on Sunday at the age of 99, after serving as the public address announcer from 1951 up to 2007. He too was an extremely recognizable voice of the Yankees, and losing both Sheppard and Steinbrenner in the same week is pretty heart-wrenching for the franchise. Business will go on as usual when it comes to the New York Yankees playing baseball, but two Yankee greats have passed away in just the span of 48 hours.
The New York Yankees have been playing some of the best baseball in either league through the first half of the 2010 MLB season, and it looks like this is a team that will once again compete for the baseball World Series. They sit at 56-32 during the 2010 All-Star break, and maybe it isn’t a bad thing that the team has the break to deal with the passing of its owner. It is already assumed that there will be a massive ceremony in his honor very soon.