George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner

Class of: 1982

Sport: Baseball

Team: New York Yankees

George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930) is a businessman and owner and former principal executive of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries have made him one of the sport’s most controversial figures.

Steinbrenner was known as a hands-on executive, earning the nickname “The Boss.” His tendency to meddle in daily on-field decisions, and to hire and fire (and sometimes re-hire) managers led then-Yankees skipper Dallas Green to give him the derisive nickname “Manager George.”

During Steinbrenner’s ownership from 1973 – 2006, the longest in club history, the Yankees earned 11 American League Pennants and 7 World Series titles.

Since retiring and leaving the Yankees in the hands of his sons, George has made his home in Tampa, FL with a horsefarm in Ocala, FL.