by Matthew Tang and Brandon Chen
George Steinbrenner Dies
George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees for 40 years, died last week at the age of 80 from a heart attack. George was a great man and used his wealth to help save many lives. Some people needed skull surgery, bone marrow transplants and much more, but George Steinbrenner was always there to help. George always helped everyone whenever he could.
George Steinbrenner’s Life
George Michael Steinbrenner III was born on July 4th, 1930.
Before George Steinbrenner started his ownership of the Yankees, he was a hurdler on the varsity track and field team at Williams College. During his senior year, he was on the football team playing in the halfback position. After graduating from college George Steinbrenner joined the US Air Force and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
He met his wife Elizabeth Joan Zieg in Columbus and married her on May 12, 1956. The couple had two sons, Hank Steinbrenner and Hal Steinbrenner, and two daughters, Jessica Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal.
George brought the Yankees to a whole new level. When he joined the Yankees he acted as if he was one of the most important men in the world. He would always speak up if he thought that anything was wrong. All he wanted to do was WIN!
After the 1980 season Steinbrenner made headlines by signing Dave Winfield to a 10-year, $23 million contract, making Winfield baseball’s highest-paid player. On July 30, 1990 Steinbrenner received a lifetime ban from baseball from Commissioner Fay Vincent after he paid a gambler named Howie Spira $40,000 to dig up “dirt” on Winfield, who had sued the Yankees for failing to pay Winfield’s foundation $300,000, a guaranteed stipulation in his contract. But in 1993 George was able to return to the MLB and was allowed to once again own the New York Yankees.