Steinbrenner LP: The Last Lion of Baseball

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 782 pages

No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. From the moment he bought the team in 1973 for $10 million, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Today the New York Yankees are worth more than $1 billion and are once again world champions.

Award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fund-raiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees, even though his father disparaged George's desire to own a professional sports team as a "hobby." Over the next four decades, Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign included his epic battles with Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, even beloved Yankee captain Derek Jeter. His ruthless and free-spending tactics made him a lightning rod for controversy but they also paid off: Steinbrenner's Yankees have won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports. In the last few years, with his health declining, the Boss ceded control of the team to his sons, but not before lording over the team's historic transition from the House That Ruth Built to the House That George Built.

Throughout his three decades of covering the Yankees, Bill Madden has cultivated hundreds of sources at every level in the organization, from the many managers and front-office personnel Steinbrenner has fired to the bat boys who are ever present in the locker room. All of them have colorful stories about the man with whom they have enjoyed a love-hate relationship, but it is the Boss himself whose voice rises above the rest. And when Steinbrenner decided to give his final print interview, he spoke to Madden to set the record straight on his extraordinary life and career.

 

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Enjoyable. A few great stories that I hadn't heard before, but mostly a fun romp through my baseball watching past which I mostly remember. If a book is ever written on those Gabe Paul tapes, now THAT would be awesome. Read full review

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A fabulous view into the life of one of baseball's greatest legends, STEINBRENNER: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden served as an inspiration for the on-again-off-again relationship of Queen ... Read full review

Contents

The Coming Storm
1
Cleveland
36
Lead Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way
80
Watergate and Catfish
105
Three for the Tabloids
144
Turmoil and Triumph
187
Days of Whine and Rosen
226
From Here to Eternity
265
A Favorite Son Exiled
445
Tale of the Tapes
495
Banished
537
The Comeback
560
The Buck Stops Here
602
Torre Glory
639
Billionaire George
677
The Lion in Winter
710

Howser and Horses
301
Passages
331
Reggies Revenge Umpire Wars and Pine Tar Follies
371
An Icon Scorned
415
Notes and Acknowledgments
755
Bibliography
761
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About the author (2010)

For more than thirty years Bill Madden has covered the Yankees and Major League Baseball for the New York Daily News and has written several books about the Yankees. He lives in New Jersey.

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