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.