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George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner

Rocky River, Ohio, United States

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• Standout track star in high school and college.

• Served as a graduate assistant to legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes while earning his second degree.

• Assistant football coach at Northwestern University and at Purdue University from 1955 to '57.

• Encouraged to enter the family business by his father, Henry, a Great Lakes shipping tycoon; later became chairman of the Cleveland-based firm known as the American Shipbuilding Company. 

• First sports investment was that of the Cleveland Pipers, an AAU basketball team of the now-defunct ABL; outbid NBA teams for the rights to future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas.

• Other early investments include purchasing 11 percent of the Chicago Bulls, buying a thoroughbred-racing stable and making a stake in the Broadway musical Applause.

• Was close to purchasing the Cleveland Indians when the deal collapsed at the last moment; soon after that he made a bid for the Yankees.  

• Originally bought the Yankees for $10 million in 1973 with other investors.

• Indicted and found guilty of making illegal campaign contributions to CREEP, Richard Nixon's re-election committee, and served a 15-month suspension from Major League Baseball; later pardoned by then-president Ronald Reagan for the offense. 

• Nicknamed "The Boss" for his overbearing management style; went through 20 different managers during his first 23 seasons with the Yankees.

• Longest-tenured owner in Yankees history, reigning from 1973 to 2008 and earning 10 American League pennants and six World Series titles.  

• Passed away just days after his 80th birthday due to a heart attack.