Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Dies at Age 80

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died in Tampa, Florida Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010 from a heart attack at age 80.

Steinbrenner had just celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4th.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80,” the family said in a statement.

“He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family — his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Steinbrenner is the longest-tenured owner in Major League Baseball, having served as principal owner since purchasing the club on Jan.3, 1973.

The Yankees have won seven World Series championships under Steinbrenner’s ownership – 1977, ’78, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09.

This is the second loss for the Yankees this week, losing Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday, July 11, 2010 at age 99. Sheppard was the Yankees’ public address announcer from 1951-2007.

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