George Steinbrenner: Controversial Yankees Owner Dead at 80

For the second time in three days, the Yankees’ Organization are forced to mourn the loss of one of their own. Bob Sheppard was the most popular Yankees announcer in history and he lost his life on Sunday. Now, on the day of the 2010 MLB All Star game, the Yankees are forced to mourn again. George Steinbrenner didn’t always get along with the players, coaches and managers that came his way, but he rarely let anyone out of his site without leaving a positive mark on their lives.

Hank and Hal Steinbrenner have been in charge of most of the Yankees transactions since 2006.┬áTheir father a U.S. Navy veteran was suffering from various illnesses and reluctantly turned over the reigns. Under the big man’s thumb, the Yankees won 11 pennants and 7 World Series title. George Steinbrenner was known as a ruler of his team with his “grooming policy” being one of his most popular acts as a team owner.

Players all over major league sports are commonly sporting rough and ragged looks. But, under the iron rulers thumb, his grooming policy mandated that players and coaches kept their hair shorter than their collar and the only facial hair he allowed was a mustache. In 2010, you will see various athletes all over professional sports who could have learned a huge lesson from this man regarding impressions and appearance. Regardless of whether various MLB players, coaches and managers liked George Steinbrenner, the fact of the matter is, they loved him and respected him, even when they didn’t like him.

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