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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watches his team play against the Atlanta Braves during Game 1 of the 1999 World Series. (Oct. 23, 1999)

George Steinbrenner

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
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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
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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
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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.

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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,
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George Steinbrenner gets into the swing of things, batting to right field, as the baseball strike ends. (July 31, 1981)

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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.

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, seen in
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New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, seen in this March 8, 1986, file photo, died July 13, 2010, at a hospital in Tampa, Fla.

George Steinbrenner drives Cory Momentum around the Scioto
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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 hefts a bat as
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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner hefts a bat as he sits in the dugout watching his team practice at its spring-training facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (March 5, 1987)

George Steinbrenner enjoys a laugh as he sits
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George Steinbrenner enjoys a laugh as he sits in the dugout during Yankee spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Feb. 28, 1988)

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George Steinbrenner talks, in this April 25, 1974,
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George Steinbrenner talks, in this April 25, 1974, photo, with members of the press at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees owner died Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010.

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New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is seen laughing as Billy Martin answers questions at a news conference on June 29, 1978, after the Old Timers Day game at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, left, gestures to manager
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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,
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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 M. Steinbrenner, center, principal owner of the
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George M. Steinbrenner, center, principal owner of the New York Yankees, poses with his arms around then-Yankee coach Yogi Berra, left, and Dick Howser in this Dec. 6, 1979, photo.

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New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is seen in this Oct. 21, 1981, file photo working at his desk at Yankee Stadium in New York before Game 2 of the World Series.

New York Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, left, and
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New York Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, left, and manager Billy Martin get together outside dugout during spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 1, 1983.

First baseman Don Mattingly and George Steinbrenner are
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First baseman Don Mattingly and George Steinbrenner are seen walking together at the Yankees spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in this March 24, 1990 photo.

George Steinbrenner gestures during a news conference Aug.
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George Steinbrenner gestures during a news conference Aug. 21, 1990, after resigning as general manager of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York.

George Steinbrenner is seen in a Jan. 15,
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George Steinbrenner is seen in a Jan. 15, 1992, file photo.

George Steinbrenner is seen in this Jan. 15,
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George Steinbrenner is seen in this Jan. 15, 1992, photo.

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, center, stands
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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
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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
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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is seen in this Oct. 3, 1995, file photo before the start of a playoff game.

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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.