Last calzone for Big Stein

Unexpected, but not entirely surprising, is today’s passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. As one who was just 20 when Steinbrenner bought the Yankees (and who was 9 when they won their last World Series prior to his acquisition), the majority of my best memories as a Yankee fan came under the ownership of Big Stein.

A roundup of some of today’s writing about Steinbrenner includes a Washington Post column from Thomas Boswell, an ESPN piece by Howard Bryant, and Tyler Kepner writing in the New York Times about Steinbrenner’s twilight years.

Richard Goldstein writes the obituary of record in today’s New York Times, and there is a remembrance by former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.

The “Big Stein” nickname was popularized by Seinfeld, and numerous pieces today have referenced Steinbrenner as a recurring character on the tv show. A Los Angeles Times piece has links to clips, and The Huffington Post offers their picks of the funniest Seinfeld moments.

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3 Responses to Last calzone for Big Stein

  1. Slamdunk says:

    Thanks for the links on the Boss.

  2. Jim says:

    We were just talking about him…eerie…well, maybe not eerie but coincidental. I finally pulled the trigger on Bill Madden’s new book (a handy gift card in my sweaty little hands pushed me over the edge.) The book is predictably excellent. I couldn’t stand Steinbrenner for so many years…some of the things he did and said were absolutely insane (aaaand illegal). That being said I think he was a different fellow after coming back from his “lifetime” ban in 1993. He was considerably more palatable to me in the years after that. What a complex man…capable of truly awful behavior as well as stunningly kind and generous acts sometimes in the very next moment. He will be greatly missed.

    • Wool Hat says:

      It was in one sense merciful that he died the way he did, without continuing to suffer the decline of his mental faculties. As I said on Monday, one of the happiest days of my life as a Yankee fan was when Fay Vincent suspended him in the 80s. The years after that, though, he was about as good an owner as a fan of a team would want to have. We won’t see his like any time soon, if ever again.

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