Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies

George Steinbrenner, long-time owner of the New York Yankees, died today in Tampa, FL at the age of 80 aftersteinbrenner suffering a heart attack.

Boston University Professor of Sports Journalism Frank Shorr reacts to the passing of the baseball icon calling Steinbrenner a “lightning rod” who made the sport better:

“He was a lightning rod certainly, but always had the best interest of his team in mind.  He never failed to make the Yankees better and, in turn, baseball better.  Sure, he spent a lot of money, but he filled ballparks, albeit with teams you often loved to hate.”

Contact: Frank Shorr, fshorr@bu.edu or 617-353-5163.

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