The New York Daily News confirms that Steinbrenner past away this morning in Tampa, after suffering a massive heart attack. “’The Boss’ died at around 6:30 AM,” according to a high placed Yankee source, who spoke with the newspaper. “He had been suffering from failing health, the result of a series of strokes for the past few years.”
Born July 4, 1940 in Cleveland, Steinbrenner often cited his “demanding father” as the most influential person in his life. Upon purchasing the Yankees in 1973, Steinbrenner said, “I’ve just bought the Mona Lisa of sports teams,” writes the New York Daily News. At that point his father said to him, “You finally did something right.”
Steinbrenner owned the New York Yankees since 1973, winning seven World Series championships, and eleven pennants over that time.
In November 2008, Steinbrenner officially turned over day-to-day operations of the Yankees organization to his sons, Hank and Hal.