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Contest: George Steinbrenner Yankeeography

Perhaps you've seen this on the YES Network, which produced it in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions. I saw parts of the original version, which aired in 2009. This has been udpated to include The Boss' death in 2010, and not surprisingly, it's more powerful this way.

It's pretty much what you'd expect. Look, the YES Network isn't going to delve into Steinbrenner's suspensions from baseball or the way he treated employees. It is going to have all sorts of great video and interviews about Steinbrenner's reign.

As I've noted here before, my one real objection with this is the way it presents Steinbrenner's participation in the 2008 All-Star Game festivities. From watching this, you'd think The Boss received a rousing ovation. And he didn't. It just isn't accurate.

The good news, from an aesthetic point of view, is that scene was initially used as the climax in the original release but now has been diminished. The new climax, the dedication of the Steinbrenner monument following his death, is far more effective.

(Wait. Did I just give away the ending?)

Anyway, I'll give this DVD to the first person who e-mails me - at kdavidoff@newsday.com - with the correct answer to this question:

Steinbrenner owned the team from January 1973 until his death in July 2010. Name the first batter and final pitcher of the Steinbrenner era.

One hint, to clarify: They're both Yankees. The Yankees opened on the road during Steinbrenner's first season and won on the road in the final game before Steinbrenner's passing.

Here are the contest rules.

--UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: We have a winner! David Heck knew that Horace Clarke was the first batter of the Steinbrenner era, on April 6, 1973 at Fenway Park, and Dustin Moseley was the final pitcher, on July 11, 2010 at Safeco Field. Look for another giveaway tomorrow.

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