George Steinbrenner and the Man Who Banned Him For Life

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

George Steinbrenner reigned as the owner of the New York Yankees for 38 years. In that time his team won seven World Series Championships, 11 American League pennants, 16 AL-East titles. But Steinbrenner was also suspended from baseball twice, one time for life. In 1990, "The Boss" was banned for life for paying a small-time gambler who was  paid $40,000 to dig up some dirt on hall-of-famer, Dave Winfield. Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993, and went to win five more championships.

We remember Steinbrenner with Jonathan Mahler, writer for The New York Times, and author of, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of the City."

Guests:

Jonathan Mahler

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

John Paul Cook from Norman, OK

Let me start off with this: I despise the New York Yankees and everything about them.

That having been said, George Steinbrenner was good for the game. He provided a unifying force for the "rest of us". While school children band together because they hate the lunch lady, non-Yankee fans banded together in their absolute hatred of Steinbrenner and the Yankees. Without The Boss, baseball would be incomplete: it would be Star Wars without Darth Vader, Harry Potter without Lord Voldemort. He's a necessary evil, and the game as a whole has benefitted from his involvement (even if my pitiful Texas Rangers haven't).

Jul. 14 2010 11:45 AM

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