He was baseball’s bombastic Boss.He rebuilt the New York Yankees dynasty, ushering in the era ofmultimillion-dollar salaries and accepting nothing less in returnthan World Series championships.He fired managers. Rehired them. And fired them again.He butted heads with commissioners and fellow owners, insultedhis players and dominated tabloid headlines – even upstaging theAll-Star game on the day of his death.George Michael Steinbrenner III, who both inspired andterrorized the Yankees in more than three decades as owner, diedTuesday of a heart attack at age 80.”He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as BabeRuth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, WhiteyFord and all of the other Yankee legends,” baseball commissionerBud Selig said.Once reviled by fans for his overbearing and tempestuous nature,Steinbrenner mellowed in his final decade and became beloved byemployees and rivals alike for his success.Steinbrenner was taken from his home to St. Joseph’s Hospital inTampa, Fla., and died about 6:30 a.m, a person close to the ownertold The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition ofanonymity because the team had not disclosed those details.”George was a fierce competitor who was the perfect fit for thecity that never sleeps – colorful, dynamic and always reaching forthe… Read full this story
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