There was no bigger enigma in the sports worldlike George Steinbrenner. As much as he treated people like dirt, he also was extremely charitable. For all the money and power he had, his childhood was kind of sad as his he could never seem to do anything that pleased his father whose love he craved but never seem to have gotten.   

From reading Bill Madden’ book he was in a loveless marriage and his daughters seemed to always find Mr. Wrong when it came to marriage.  But when it came to running a baseball team you can not denniy his success.

The Highlanders were a joke of a franchise under CBS ownership and Mike Burke’ stewardship but all that turned around when Steinbrenner took over. Give the man credit he took over NYC and the Highlanders became more important than any time in their history under Boss George.

So now what happens to the Highlanders? My guess is the Steinbrenner children sell the team. I bet James Dolan and his Cablevison bucks will come calling soon

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Another way I know I’m getting old is I remember when George Steinbrenner bought the Highlanders from CBS back in 1973. In his new book GEORGE The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built The Yankee Empire, (published by Wiley) bestselling author, Peter Golenbock tells the story of Boss George and his team only the way Golenbock can with extensive interviews and highly entertaining anecdotes throughout this book. No one knows the history of the Highlanders like Golenbock . Of course the Highlander fan would love this book but put aside your Highlander hating for a moment, this book is a history lesson as the Highlanders were down and out and love him or hate him Steinbrenner brought them back to prominence to the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

It takes a gifted writer like Golenbock to tell the story of such a complex man as George Steinbrenner GEORGE The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built The Yankee Empire is an informative and entertaining read.

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