Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Milestone: George Steinbrenner, 1930-2010

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From my files: In the dugout with "The Boss," Feb. 28, 1988

The photo was used on today's NYTimes.com: In Remembering the Boss, It’s Often Just Business

Photo is also included in a slideshow of photos that go with a Miami Herald story on Steinbrenner's death.

from the Miami Herald, Feb. 29, 1988


by ROBERT LOHRER Herald Sports Writer

George Steinbrenner arrived peacefully at Fort Lauderdale Stadium Sunday.

Steinbrenner , fresh from the Calgary Olympics, his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's new Olympic Overview Commission and his son's wedding in Tampa Saturday, said he wouldn't discuss the '88 New York Yankees. "I will not talk about the ball club," the Yankees owner said, "because I have not seen it."

He did discuss other things, such as spring training and major-league expansion. "I think we have to have expansion sometime," he said. "I think there are many cities that want and deserve baseball."

And on things less germane to baseball, Steinbrenner talked about the use of pro athletes in the Olympics -- "I'd hate to see it," he said, but U.S. chances of success would be far greater "if we put Michael Jordan, Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) and Larry Bird on a team."

Steinbrenner also posed for a dugout picture with Manager Billy Martin and GM Lou Piniella. At the prompting of photographers, Steinbrenner threw his arms around the two.

Said Martin: "I want to see the same picture four years
from now."

Caption: photo: George STEINBRENNER with Billy Martin & Lou Piniella

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