Yankees: Here’s How NY Newspapers Covered George Steinbrenner’s Death 10 Years Ago

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 01: Owner George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees watches play against the Philadelphia Phillies at George Steinbrenner Field April 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 01: Owner George Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees watches play against the Philadelphia Phillies at George Steinbrenner Field April 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /
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RIP to former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away on July 13, 2010.

A decade ago the New York Yankees suffered tremendous loss. Just days after “The Voice of Yankee Stadium” Bob Sheppard passed away, George Steinbrenner suffered a heart attack and was lost on July 13, 2010.

The Boss had been the longest tenured Yankees owner at the time of his death after purchasing the team in 1973. He oversaw one of the most successful runs in franchise history and was beloved among fans for his aggressiveness in free agency, which officially became a regularity in the sport a couple years after he became owner.

His death still came as a surprise despite the fact he had just turned 80 years old, and here’s now the New York newspapers covered it the next day on July 14.

The infamous New York Post and New York Daily News paid tribute to Steinbrenner, who delivered 11 World Series to the Bronx during his time overseeing the team. Yup, the Boss got the full-page treatment. How could he not?

Nobody can forget he began the trend of spending big bucks for the best talent in the sport, which was kickstarted when he brought Reggie Jackson to the Bombers. Jackson immediately became the highest-paid player in the sport when he agreed to a five-year, $3.5 million deal in 1976.

Steinbrenner’s dealings led to a wild run of success despite the Yankees’ irrelevance from 1982-1994.

In perhaps a perfect sendoff, the Yankees won the World Series in 2009, which was their first title since 2000 after falling short in heartbreaking fashion in 2001 and 2003. That 2009 team was the epitome of a Steinbrenner roster, featuring some of the highest-paid players in the league.

Alex Rodriguez ($33 million), Derek Jeter ($21.6 million), Mark Teixeira ($20.65 million), AJ Burnett ($16.5 million), CC Sabathia ($15.28 million), Mariano Rivera ($15 million) Jorge Posada ($13.1 million), Johnny Damon ($13 million) and Hideki Matsui ($13 million) led the way for the Bombers.

The Yankees haven’t been nearly as aggressive on the financial side of things since his passing, but we’re sure he’s smiling down on the team after his son, Hal, gave Gerrit Cole that $324 million deal to chase World Series No. 28.

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