George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire

George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire

by Peter Golenbock
     
 

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From the time he bought the New York Yankees in 1973 until he handed control of the team to his sons in 2007, George Steinbrenner was the object of more media scorn than any other team owner in sports history-and most of the time he deserved it. Yet, amid the swirl of scandals, feuds, firings, banishments, bad trades, and even a felony conviction, he revived

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From the time he bought the New York Yankees in 1973 until he handed control of the team to his sons in 2007, George Steinbrenner was the object of more media scorn than any other team owner in sports history-and most of the time he deserved it. Yet, amid the swirl of scandals, feuds, firings, banishments, bad trades, and even a felony conviction, he revived baseball's most storied franchise, won ten pennants and six World Series, and transformed a failing ten-million-dollar team into a billion-dollar sports and media empire. It's easy to say that there's no such thing as bad publicity; it's quite another to prove it over and over again for more than three decades. How did he do it?

In George, New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock, who has been writing about the Yankees since before Steinbrenner's first day on the job, tells the stranger-than-fiction story of baseball's biggest bully, worst boss, and most successful owner ever.

Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with those who have known Steinbrenner throughout his life, Golenbock tells the epic story of the "Boss," from his Midwestern childhood and family shipping business background through his thirty-four-year ownership of the Yankees-the longest in the team's history. He reveals the inside stories behind George's stormy relationship with manager Billy Martin, whom he hired five times and fired four, and his decade-long war with Yankee star Dave Winfield, which culminated in Steinbrenner's second banishment from the game. He also reveals how general manager Gene "Stick" Michael saved the Yankees' future by preventing the Boss from trading Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams early in their careers.

If you've ever wondered why Sparky Lyle and Graig Nettles were traded away when both were in top form, what it took to provoke Yogi Berra into declaring that he'd never set foot in Yankee Stadium again, or why the man who fired every manager he ever hired couldn't fire Joe Torre and had to insult him into quitting, you'll find the full stories behind these bizarre decisions and every other off-the-wall episode in Steinbrenner's controversial tenure as Yankee owner.

Complete with accounts of Steinbrenner's involvement in the creation of the Yes Network and the sweetheart deal between the Yankees and New York mayor Rudy Giuliani that enabled the construction of the House that Steinbrenner Built-the new Yankee Stadium-George is packed with drama, insight, and plenty of inside-baseball and front-office details. It should be required reading for every baseball lover and Yankee fan, and for anyone who appreciates an exciting and compelling story well told.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

George Steinbrenner, the longtime owner (since 1973) of the New York Yankees, has been one of the most colorful characters in modern baseball lore, with emotions about him-pro and con-running deep among Yankee fans. Golenbock (Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964) has written many sports best sellers, and his technique is to tell a story through relating interviews and hilarious anecdotes, producing an easily readable winning formula. Readers will gain insight into the love-hate relationship with Steinbrenner's nemesis, manager Billy Martin, and some incredible championship years. Steinbrenner's role has now diminished as his sons have taken control, but he has cast a large shadow over the team and the sport. His legacy will probably take many years to assess, but this is a good, readable biography in the meantime. Recommended for most baseball buffs; even non-Yankee fans will enjoy. On the topic of the Steinbrenner-Martin relationship, also consider veteran sportswriter Phil Pepe's The Ballad of Billy and George: The Tempestuous Baseball Marriage of Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.
—Paul Kaplan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470392195
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/13/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,239,455
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Golenbock is one of the nation's best-known sports authors. He has written some of sports' most important books, including five New York Times bestsellers: The Bronx Zoo with Sparky Lyle, Number 1 with Billy Martin, Balls with Graig Nettles, Idiot with Johnny Damon, and Personal Fouls. He is also the author of the bestselling book on NASCAR, American Zoom, and he has written books about the Mets, and most recently 7: The Mickey Mantle Novel. His collaboration with Tony Curtis, American Prince, reached number seven on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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