The Yankees principal owner and partner in management, George Steinbrenner dies at 80. In his Tampa, Florida home he succumbed to a heart attack this morning, July 13, 2010.
Rita and George Henry Steinbrenner had something to celebrate besides Independence Day. "The Boss" was born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio. He earned his nickname from the day to day involvement with the team. Although an executive, Steinbrenner made decisions daily especially the hiring and firing. As we look back at such a legacy, he also was known for rehiring some of the same people he fired.
"The Boss" became owner of the Yankees in 1973, making it the longest ownership in club history. During his reign, the Yankees won 11 pennants and 7 World Series Championships.
In 1944 he attended Culver Military Academy in Northern Indiana and graduated in 1948. He went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from Williams College, located in Massachusetts, the year 1952. While there Steinbrenner was a frat brother in Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Nonetheless, while being considered an average student, extra cirricular activities is where he excelled. Noted as being: a great hurdler for the varsity Track and Field team, served as a Sport's Editor for the student paper, and also during his senior year he played half back for the football team.
His eyes were set on the military of course. After graduation he was posted at Lockbourne Air force Base, in Columbus, Ohio, with the commission of 2nd Lieutenant. Steinbrenner received an Honorable Discharge in 1954. This was immediately followed by post grad studies at Ohio University, there earning a Master's Degree in Physical Education.
While in Columbus, Ohio, Elizabeth Joan(pronounced Jo-ann) Zieg became the apple of his eye. They married on May 12, 1956. They had four children together. Let's take a look and see how others share their thoughts, as presented by The Associated Press: