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George Steinbrenner hailed at NY banquet

George Steinbrenner was lauded by his son, Hal, at the annual Baseball Writers Association of America dinner over the weekend.

The elder Steinbrenner, who died  last July,  was named recipent of the Joan Payson Award for community service. The award is named in memory of the late owner of the Mets.

``My dad believed deeply in all forms of community service," Hal said. ``As in everything he invested his time in, once he found a charitable endeavor that caught his attention, he would let nothing stand in his way of succeeding and helping.

"He would step in and do whatever he could, anonymously, to fix the problem. My dad believed that he and the Yankees organization had a responsibility to give back without seeking recognition from others. He often quoted his father [Henry], my grandfather, who used to say, 'If more than two people know about it, it's not charity.’

``He stressed those words to his children and to all involved in the Yankees organization. We will continue to live by those words as we move forward."



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