Baseball games will be met with grim faces across New York’s Bronx borough this week on the heels of news that George Steinbrenner — owner of the World Series-winning New York Yankees — died early Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Tampa.
The news was first reported by The New York Daily News, which cited an unnamed source for the scoop.
Steinbrenner — who celebrated his 80th birthday on Independence Day — owned the Yankees for 37 years and in that time the baseball team won seven championship titles and 11 pennants.
“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement released by spokesman Howard Rubenstein. “First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family – his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again…”
The Ohio-born executive known as “The Boss” leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Joan Zieg, and their four children — Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer.