Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is one of the most legendary, colorful and important figures in the team's history.
George Steinbrenner, above, general partner of the New York Yankees, was suspended from baseball for two years on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1974, as a result of his conviction for making illegal political campaign contributions. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who announced the suspension, said Steinbrenner will be prohibited from participating in any part of the Yankees' operation.
Reggie Jackson, right, holds the proclamation that New York City Mayor Abe Beame, center, has just presented to Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1977, at City Hall in Manhattan. It was given in honor of "New York Yankees Urban League Appreciation Day."
Yankees manager Billy Martin gets a Champagne shower from Cliff Johnson, No. 41, with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in the victorious clubhouse after winning Game 6 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 18, 1977, in New York City, New York. The Yankees defeated the Dodgers 8-4.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reacts on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1979, in Cambridge, Mass., as he settles in behind a podium at the Harvard Business School, which sports a Yankee pennant taped over the Harvard seal. Steinbrenner spoke to 400 cheering students at the business school's Public Management Club, telling the future corporate leaders that America "has no damn business giving away $10 billion in foreign aid if we can't help people at home."
George Steinbrenner gets into the swing of things, batting to right field, as the baseball strike ends. (July 31, 1981)
New York Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner sports a bandaged hand and cut lip Oct. 26, 1981, as he leaves the Hyatt Wilshire in Los Angeles. Steinbrenner suffered a possible broken left hand and other injuries during an altercation the day before with two men in a hotel elevator.
George Steinbrenner drives Cory Momentum around the Scioto Downs racetrack in Columbus, Ohio, while training for a celebrity race that night. Steinbrenner outpaced the other competitors for the win. (Sept. 11, 1986)
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, left, gestures to manager Billy Martin are seen in this 1978 photo taken during the filming of a television commercial for Miller Lite. The script involved a mock argumment about the beer, with Steinbrenner proclaiming, "You're fired!"
New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, left, and newly named manager Billy Martin meet in Columbus, Ohio, before an exhibition game between the Yankees and their farm club the Columbus Clippers. (June 26, 1979)
George Steinbrenner is seen in a Jan. 15, 1992, file photo.
George Steinbrenner is seen in this Jan. 15, 1992, photo.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, center, stands with manager Buck Showalter, left, and first baseman Don Mattingly in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in this March 1, 1993. Steinbrenner was making his return to as owner after he was suspended from baseball for 30 months for paying $40,000 to gambler Howie Spira to discredit Dave Winfield.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in seen in this Oct. 3, 1995, photo peering out at photographers as he exits the clubhouse tunnel at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees held a workout session that day to prepare for the first game of the playoff series.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is seen in this Oct. 3, 1995, file photo before the start of a playoff game.
George Steinbrenner, left, is seen in this March 1993 photo embracing Yankee manager Buck Showalter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Showalter told the Yankees on Oct. 26, 1995, he will not return as manager next season. Showalter, whose three-year, $1-million contract expires Oct. 31, met twice this week with Steinbrenner to discuss an extension. He rejected what the Yankees said was a two-year, $1.05-million contract.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, right, poses for photographers with his new pitcher Hideki Irabu from Japan at Yankee Stadium after a news conference on May 30, 1997. Irabu was signed to a four-year contract for a reported $14 million.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, left, speaks with manager Joe Torre during practice at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees hosted the Cleveland Indians Oct. 6 in game one of the American League Championships. (Oct. 4, 1998)
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner gets a champagne shower from Andy Pettitte, left, and other Yankees in the clubhouse after Game 4 of the World Series at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Oct. 21, 1998. Yanks swept the series.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is seen at a news conference for Bernie Williams on Dec. 4, 1998.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, rear, is seen in this Oct. 29, 1999, file photo greeting manager Joe Torre, left, and team owner George Steinbrenner at the start of the rally at City Hall honoring the 1999 World Champions New York Yankees in New York.
On the day that pitchers and catchers reported to Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, guest instructor Yogi Berra, manager Joe Torre and owner George Steinbrenner share a laugh. (Feb. 14, 2002)
Surrounded by media, a smiling New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner leaves an employee lunch room inside Legends Field, the spring training complex of the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida. (Feb. 24, 2004)
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, right, watches his team play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during the third inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (May 4, 2005)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, joins Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, center, and New York Gov. George Pataki in front of an architect's rendering of a proposed new $800-million Yankee Stadium to be built adjacent to the current stadium in the Bronx. (June 15, 2005)
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner speaks about the proposed new Yankee Stadium during a news conference on June 15, 2005.
George Steinbrenner speaks during a news conference June 15, 2005, in the Bronx announcing plans for a new Yankee Stadium.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, center, and New York Governor George Pataki listen to speakers discuss a proposed new $800 million Yankee Stadium. (June 15, 2005)
New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner speaks before breaking ground on a new $800 million stadium August 16, 2006 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The stadium, which will open in 2009, will be built adjacent to the existing Yankee Stadium. Steinbrenner, former owner of the New York Yankees, has died after suffering a heart attack July 12, 2010 at the age of 80.