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George M. Steinbrenner, III, principal Owner of the New York Yankees

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Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4, George Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack on July 13 and shortly thereafter, passed away. George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 Million and quickly returned the storied franchise to its former glory and over the years, the team won 7 world championships and captured 11 pennants. Mr. Steinbrenner hired and fired staff seemly every day and was famous for handing out huge sums of money to players . . . so that the Yankees would win. The late '70's and early '80's were known as the "Bronx Zoo" and with Billy Martin, Lou Piniella, Reggie Jackson, Ed Whitson, Dale Berra and others, The New York Yankees, were indeed the "Bronx Zoo". Mr. Steinbrenner was twice suspended by Major League Baseball, for illegal campaign contributions and later for paying Howard Spiro to dig up dirt on future Hall of Famer, Dave Winfield.