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George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as "The Boss", is an American billionaire businessman and the principal owner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. George graduated from Culver Military Academy High School then got his B.A. from Williams College. Afterwards he did post graduate study at The Ohio State University (1954-55), where he met his wife, and served as a graduate assistant to legendary Buckeye football coach Woody Hayes. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rocky River is a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries have made him one of the sport's more controversial figures, though his willingness to spend to build the club (and its post-season success since 1976) have earned him grudging respect from some baseball executives, while at the same time earning him the contempt from some non-Yankee fans.


During Steinbrenner's ownership, the longest in Yankee history, the club has won 10 pennants and 6 World Series titles. A pennant is usually a narrow tapering flag most commonly flown by ships at sea. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...

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Buying the Yankees

At the conclusion of the 1973 season, two more prominent names departed: manager Ralph Houk, who resigned and then signed to manage the Detroit Tigers; and general manager Lee MacPhail, who became president of the American League. Ralph George Houk (born August 9, 1919 in Lawrence, Kansas), nicknamed The Major, is a former catcher, coach, manager, and front office executive in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... Leland Stanford MacPhail, Jr. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


The 1973 off-season would prove to be controversial when Steinbrenner and Paul sought to hire former Oakland Athletics manager Dick Williams, who had resigned immediately after leading the team to its second straight World Series title. However, because Williams was still under contract to Oakland, the subsequent legal wrangling prevented the Yankees from hiring him. On the first anniversary of the team's ownership change, the Yankees hired former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Bill Virdon to lead the team on the field. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... Richard Hirschfeld Williams (born May 7, 1929 in St. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Other nicknames The Bucs, The Buccos... William Charles Virdon (born June 9, 1931) is a retired American baseball player, manager and coach. ...


Controversies

Steinbrenner is famous for both his pursuit of high-priced free agents and, in some cases, infamous for feuding with them. In his first 23 seasons, he changed managers 20 times (including dismissing Billy Martin on five separate occasions) and general managers 11 times in 30 years. In July 1978, Martin said of Steinbrenner and his $3 million outfielder Reggie Jackson, "One's a born liar and the other's convicted." The comment resulted in Martin's first departure, though technically Martin resigned (tearfully) before Yankees President Al Rosen followed through on Steinbrenner's dictum to release the manager. Alfred Manuel Billy Martin (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... Albert Leonard Rosen (born February 29, 1924, in Spartanburg, South Carolina), nicknamed Al and Flip, was an American major league third baseman and right-handed slugger. ...


Campaign contributions to Nixon and Pardon

The "convicted" part of Martin's comment referred to Steinbrenner's connection to U.S. President Richard Nixon: he was indicted on 14 criminal counts on April 5, 1974, then pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to Nixon's re-election campaign and obstruction of justice on August 23. Steinbrenner was personally fined $15,000, while his firm was assessed $20,000 for the offense. On November 27, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspended him for two years, but later reduced that amount to nine months, with Steinbrenner returning to the Yankees in 1976. U.S. President Ronald Reagan pardoned Steinbrenner on January 19, 1989, in one of the final acts of his presidency. For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Bowie Kent Kuhn (born October 28, 1926 in Takoma Park, Maryland) was commissioner of Major League Baseball from February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... Reagan redirects here. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


1981 World Series

During the 1981 World Series, Steinbrenner provided a colorful backdrop to the Yankees' loss of the series. After a Game 3 loss in Los Angeles, Steinbrenner called a press conference in his hotel room, showing off his left hand in a cast and various other injuries that he claimed were earned in a fight with two Dodgers fans in the hotel elevator. Nobody came forward about the fight, leading most to believe that he had made up the story of the fight in order to light a fire under the Yankees. Additionally, after the series, Steinbrenner publicly apologized to Yankee fans for the team's defeat. 1981 World Series Logo The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Dave Winfield

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. Steinbrenner later derisively referred to Winfield as "Mr. May" to local media, criticizing his failure to produce in the postseason as did Reggie Jackson, who was nicknamed "Mr. October." David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951, in St. ...


On July 30, 1990, commissioner Fay Vincent banned Steinbrenner from baseball for life after he paid Howie Spira, a small-time gambler, $40,000 for "dirt" after Winfield sued him for failing to pay his foundation the $300,000 guaranteed in his contract. Subsequently Winfield chose to enter the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre. At Yankee Stadium, where a ballgame was being played, word of Steinbrenner's banishment filtering over the transistor radios resulted in a standing ovation from title-starved fans. is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Francis Thomas Fay Vincent, Jr. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


Reinstatement

Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993, the same time the Yankees regained momentum as a quality sports franchise — helped by Steinbrenner's willingness to delegate authority to executives such as Gene Michael, and to let promising farm-system players such as Bernie Williams develop instead of trading them for established players. Steinbrenner's having "got religion" (in the words of New York Daily News reporter Bill Madden) paid off. After contending briefly two years earlier, the '93 Yankees were in the American League East race with the eventual champion Toronto Blue Jays until September. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Eugene Richard Michael (born June 2, 1938 in Kent, Ohio) is a former player, manager and executive in Major League Baseball. ... Bernabé Bernie Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ...


Off the field

In addition to being an intense boss to his on-field employees, Steinbrenner is also known for pressuring and changing off-field employees (including various publicity directors), sometimes chewing them out in public. Longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck once quipped that he had seen Steinbrenner's yacht and that, "It was a beautiful thing to observe, with all 36 oars working in unison." Former sportscaster Hank Greenwald, who called Yankee games on WABC radio for two years, once said he knew when Steinbrenner was in town by how tense the office staff was. John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... Hank Greenwald is a former Major League Baseball announcer, best known for his two tenures as the lead play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants. ... WABC (770 kHz), known as NewsTalkRadio 77, is a radio station in New York City. ...


He usually kept his complaints about the team broadcasters he approves (who, except for the YES Network crew, have generally not been his direct employees) out of the newspapers. However, he has been known to be upset with the sometimes blunt commentary of former broadcaster Jim Kaat and former analyst Tony Kubek. The Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network is a New York City regional cable TV channel dedicated to broadcasting baseball games of the New York Yankees, and basketball games of the New Jersey Nets. ... Pitcher Jim Kaat James Lee Kaat (born November 7, 1938 in Zeeland, Michigan), nicknamed Kitty, is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Washington Senators (I)/Minnesota Twins (1959-1973), Chicago White Sox (1973-1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1979), New York Yankees (1979-1980), and St. ... Tony Kubek (left) interviews Joe Morgan following the Cincinnati Reds Game 4 victory in the 1976 World Series. ...


Steinbrenner's one publicly aired gripe with a team announcer came when he accused respected Yankee broadcaster Bill White of low-keying his WMCA radio call of Chris Chambliss' pennant-winning home run in the 1976 American League Championship Series. The actual aircheck of the live broadcast (on the Major League Baseball website) finds an unusually emotional White calling the home run and its aftermath — so excited as the ball was in flight that his voice broke. William De Kova White (born January 28, 1934 in Lakewood, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and left-handed batter who played for the New York and San Francisco Giants (1956, 1958), St. ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... Chris Chambliss (born Carroll Christopher Chambliss on December 26, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio) was a Major League Baseball player from 1971-1988 for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ...


Steinbrenner has given to the Jimmy Fund and, his Silver Shield Foundation gives to widows and orphans of New York City police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Most recently, in March 2007 he paid for the funerals of at least 8 children who died in a house fire in the Bronx. These are gestures that he has repeated throughout his tenure as Yankees principal owner but are small slivers of his vast financial fortune. As an alumnus of the Culver Academies, he remains a major donor to the school. Ralph Livingstone Edwards (January 13, 1913 – November 16, 2005) was a television host and producer. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... The Culver Academies are independent college preparatory boarding schools comprised of Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy in Culver, Indiana, USA. Henry Harrison Culver first founded Culver Military Academy in 1894 for the purpose of thoroughly preparing young men for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America. ...


He has appointed his son Hal his heir to the New York Yankees.[citation needed] Harold Z. Steinbrenner is the current Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and a General Partner for the New York Yankees. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


Success

The 1994 Yankees were the American League East leaders when a strike wiped out the rest of the season. The team returned to the playoffs in 1995 (their first visit since 1981) and won the World Series in 1996. The modern Yankee Dynasty was born during the 1996 World Series. The Yankees went on to win the World Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Yankees lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, ending their dynasty. Though they have not won a World Series since, the Yankees have made the playoffs in every subsequent year since 2001, most notably winning the AL Pennant in seven games from the 2003 Boston Red Sox (although they did suffer one of the worst collapses in post-season baseball history the following season, losing in seven games to Boston after having held a 3-0 game series advantage.) In 2003, their ALCS success was followed by losing the World Series to the Florida Marlins. On October 29th 2007, just as the Red Sox clintched their 2nd World Seires in 4 years and Alex Rodereguez opted out of his contract, a grass roots effort via e-mail notification and unique address mailer promting yankee season ticket holders to give up their seats was sent from Albany, NY to over 10,000 fans. The Steinbrener grasp on the team must end. Steinbrenner has a godson by the name of Nicholas Fuchs who was born in 1993. Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ...


Steinbrenner has also been awarded The Flying Wedge Award, one of the NCAA’s highest honors. The Flying Wedge Award is one of the NCAA’s highest honors. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...


George Steinbrenner estimated net worth is $1.3 billion USD in 2007 according to the Forbes 400 List in Forbes magazine issued in September 2007[3]. Billion may mean: 1,000,000,000 (one thousand million; ), used by most English-speaking countries (American and usual modern British meaning) 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million; ), used by most other countries outside Asia (older British meaning). ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Forbes 400 or 400 Richest Americans (est. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... September 2007 is the ninth month of that year. ...


Baseball Innovation

George Steinbrenner helped to revolutionize the business of baseball by being the first owner to sell TV cable rights (to MSG [1]). In 1997 the Yankees signed a 10-year, $97 million deal with Adidas. A dispute with MSG over the cable rights fee ended with the creation of the Yankees' own YES Network. George Steinbrenner has been able to grow the Yankees from a $10 million franchise to a $1.2 billion heavyweight. The Madison Square Garden Network, known simply as MSG in the metro New York area has been coving NY sports for over a decade. ... This article is about the company. ... The Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network is a New York City regional cable TV channel dedicated to broadcasting baseball games of the New York Yankees, and basketball games of the New Jersey Nets. ...


The Boss in the media

Despite Steinbrenner's controversial status (or perhaps, because of it) he does appear to poke fun at himself in the media. He hosted Saturday Night Live on October 20, 1990 at the same time his former outfielder and Yankee manager, Lou Piniella, led the Cincinnati Reds to a World Championship. In the opening sketch, he dreamt of a Yankees team managed, coached, and entirely played by himself. In other sketches, "he" chews out the SNL "writing staff" (notably including Al Franken) for featuring him in a mock Slim Fast commercial with pariahs such as Saddam Hussein, and plays a folksy convenience store manager whose business ethic is comically divergent from that of Steinbrenner. This article is about the American television series. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Louis Victor Piniella (born August 28, 1943, in Tampa, Florida) is the current manager of the Chicago Cubs and a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... Alan Stuart Al Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an Emmy Award–winning American comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, political commentator, radio host and, recently, politician. ... Original Slim Fast label Slim Fast, a food and beverage brand owned by Unilever, produces weight loss shakes, snacks, packaged meals, and other dietary supplement foods. ... Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq and Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council from 1979 until his overthrow by US forces in 2003. ...


He appeared as himself in the Albert Brooks comedy The Scout. Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer, comedian and director. ... The Scout (1994) is a motion picture starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks and directed by Michael Ritchie, the director of The Bad News Bears. ...


After a public chastising of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for "partying too much," the two appeared in a recent Visa commercial club-hopping. A 2004 Visa commercial depicted Steinbrenner in the trainer's room at Yankee Stadium, suffering from an arm injury (presumably from overuse), unable to sign any checks, including that of his then-current manager Joe Torre, who spends most of the commercial treating Steinbrenner as if he were an important player. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ... Visa is a brand of credit card and debit card operated by the Visa International Service Association of San Francisco, California, USA, an economic joint venture of 21,000 financial institutions that issue and market Visa products. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees. ...


His frequent firings and rehirings of manager Billy Martin were lampooned in a '70's Miller Lite beer commercial in which Steinbrenner tells Martin "You're fired!" to which Martin replies "Oh, no, not again!" After one of Martin's real-life rehirings, the commercial was resurrected, only with Steinbrenner's line redubbed to say "You're hired!" New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005) In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team batting order to more closely communicate with baserunners, but most managers delegate this responsibility... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Miller Lite is the name of a popular pilsner beer sold by Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a 4. ...


Steinbrenner also has a soft spot for professional wrestling. He wrote the foreword of the 2005 Dusty Rhodes autobiography and was a regular at old Tampa Armory cards in the 1970s and 1980s. In March 1989, he appeared in the front row of the WWF's Saturday Night's Main Event broadcast, even interacting with manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan at one point (Heenan remarked about the guy he managed in the ring at the time to Steinbrenner "I've got a ring full of Winfield"). He was also present in the front row of an edition of WCW Monday Nitro in early 1998 when the event took place in Tampa. For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... Saturday Nights Main Event was a professional wrestling program occasionally aired between 1985-1991 on the NBC television network and twice in 1992 on FOX. As such it was a rare example of professional wrestling being broadcast on an over-the-air commercial television network after the 1950s, and... Bobby The Brain Heenan Raymond Louis Heenan (born November 1, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name of Bobby The Brain Heenan, is an American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ...


At the funeral of his long time friend Otto Graham in December 2003, Steinbrenner fainted, leading to extensive media speculation that he was in ill health. Otto Everett Graham Jr. ...


In the 1994 computer game Superhero League of Hoboken, one of the schemes of the primary antagonist, Dr. Entropy, is to resurrect George Steinbrenner. Superhero League of Hoboken is a computer game from Legend Entertainment, designed by reputable interactive fiction designer Steve Meretzky. ...


In The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat", Mr. Burns fires Don Mattingly for refusing to shave sideburns only Burns could see. This was a parody of an argument Steinbrenner and Mattingly had in real life with regards to Mattingly's hair length. As Mattingly walks off the baseball field, he states, "I still like him (Burns) better than Steinbrenner." Simpsons redirects here. ... Homer at the Bat is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Mr. ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ...


New York Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo often cites Steinbrenner's German heritage by drawing him in a Prussian military uniform, complete with spiked helmet, gold epaulets and medals, calling him "General von Steingrabber." Rather than being offended, Steinbrenner asked for, and received, Gallo's original of the cartoon, and the two men have remained friends. New York radio host Mike Francesa has called Steinbrenner as "General George M. Steinbrenner III" when reading his speeches on the radio. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bill Gallo is a famed cartoonist and newspaperman for the New York Daily News. ... For other uses, see Prussia (disambiguation). ... Michael Patrick Tank Francesa, Jr. ...


In ESPN's miniseries The Bronx is Burning, he is portrayed by Oliver Platt. ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 9, 2007 following the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. ... Oliver Platt as The West Wings Oliver Babish Oliver Platt (born January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film and television actor. ...


Steinbrenner caricatured in Seinfeld

Steinbrenner appeared as a character in the situation comedy Seinfeld, when George Costanza worked with the Yankees for several seasons. Larry David voiced the character, who talked nonstop, regardless of whether anyone was listening, and sometimes referred to himself as "Big Stein." The character's face was never seen, and the character was always viewed from the back in scenes set in his office at Yankee Stadium. The Steinbrenner character was known for bad decisions, such as cooking jerseys, threatening to move the team to New Jersey "just to upset people", scalping his owner's box tickets, wearing Lou Gehrig's uniform pants (and panicking about his nerve problems in the leg) and trading several players, much to Frank Costanza's dismay. At one point George describes Steinbrenner by saying, "No one knows what this guy's capable of; he fires people like it's a bodily function!" Nevertheless, Steinbrenner maintains that he is a fan of the show and that "Costanza is always welcome back." In one episode ("The Wink"), the Steinbrenner character mentions all of the people he fired and mentions then-current manager Buck Showalter, quickly becoming quiet afterwards. Though intended as a joke, the comment proved prophetic: just weeks after the episode aired, Steinbrenner did not bring back Showalter as Yankees manager and replaced him with Joe Torre. This article is about the sitcom. ... George Louis Costanza (b. ... Lawrence Gene Larry David (born July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Emmy-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director. ... Unseen characters are a theatrical convention. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ... Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) is a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998). ... The Wink is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... William Nathaniel Buck Showalter (born May 23, 1956 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida) is an American former professional baseball player and the current manager of the Texas Rangers. ... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees. ...


The Steinbrenner character appeared in the following episodes: "The Opposite", "The Secretary", "The Race", "The Jimmy", "The Wink", "The Hot Tub", "The Caddy", "The Calzone", "The Bottle Deposit, Part 2", "The Nap", "The Millennium", "The Muffin Tops", "The Finale, Part 1", "The Finale, Part 2." The real Steinbrenner had filmed two scenes for the Seinfeld season 7 finale, "The Invitations", but they were edited out when the plotline of the episode was changed (they can be seen in full on the Seinfeld season 7 DVD). The Opposite is the eighty-sixth episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which was also the 22nd and final episode of Season 5. ... The Secretary is the 95th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Race is the 96th episode of the Seinfeld television series, the tenth episode of season six. ... The James Griffin Stadium was originally named Central Stadium. ... The Wink is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Hot Tub is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Caddy is the 122nd episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Calzone is the one-hundred and thirtieth episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Bottle Deposit, Part 2 is the second part of an hour-long, two-part episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld (preceded by The Bottle Deposit, Part 1). ... The Nap is the 152nd episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Millennium was the creation of Curt Boettcher, who gathered a handful of California musicians to create a psychedelic rock supergroup with sunshine pop harmonies. ... The Muffin Tops is the 155th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Finale, Part 1. ... Kramer, George, Jerry, and Elaine are found guily and sentenced to one year in prison ... The Invitations is the 24th and final episode of the seventh season of Seinfeld (along with the one-hundred and thirty-fourth overall episode). ...


References

External links

  • George Steinbrenner at the Internet Movie Database
  • The List: Steinbrenner's Worst ESPN
  • George M. Steinbrenner III: #380 Richest American

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