Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball

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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, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most-fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign included 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: ...

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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, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most-fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Steinbrenner's tumultuous reign included 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 won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports.

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. They all have colorful stories about the man with whom they have enjoyed a love-hate relationship, but in Steinbrenner, it is the Boss himself whose voice rises above the rest.

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Baseball fans have a love-hate relationship with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. On one hand, they cannot deny the success of his methods: During his 27-year tenure, the Bronx Bombers have won 11 American League pennants and seven World Championships. On the other hand, many actions of "The Boss" have attracted criticism and ridicule. For example, his 20 managerial firings (including his five dismissals of Billy Martin) and his outspoken opinions on his high-priced players. He's even been famously satirized on The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Bill Madden's Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball profiles a diamond mogul who refuses to be ignored.

Sports Illustrated
“Definitive, indispensible.... A vivid and entertaining portrait.”
Michael Shapiro
…riveting…Reading the book feels like the literary equivalent of passing a traffic accident; it is all but impossible to turn away.
—The New York Times
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Veteran New York Daily News sportswriter Madden (Pride of October: What It Was to Be Young and a Yankee, 2004, etc.) examines George Steinbrenner, irascible owner of the New York Yankees. Venal and vituperative, generous and loyal, no owner dominated both his team and the headlines as Steinbrenner did. When he bought the Yankees for less than $10 million in 1972-the team is now worth more than $1 billion-he said, "I've got a ship company to run. I won't have much time for baseball." However, for the next 30 years he proceeded to micromanage the team in ways no owner ever had or, probably, ever will-from keeping track of players' hair length to ensuring no trash bags were littering Yankee Stadium. Most importantly, riding the wave of free agency, in which players would go to the highest bidder, usually Steinbrenner, he was able to return the Yankees to greatness, winning seven World Series titles between 1977 and 2009. But success came at a price for his employees. Public humiliation was common, and no general manager or manager could know from one day to the next whether or not he would still have a job. Born in 1930, the son of a demanding father he could never please, Steinbrenner had always been drawn to sports, even coaching college football until called to run the family shipping business, which he did with great success. Madden speculates that his bullying manner, though he was capable of great personal kindness, grew from an unrequited desire to impress his father. Whatever the case, the author covers the soap-opera tales of Steinbrenner's relationship with superstar players like Reggie Jackson and Dave Winfield, and with a revolving door of managers, including the troubled Billy Martin, whom Steinbrenner would hire and fire five times. Old age and illness finally removed Steinbrenner from the Yankees' center stage, and with that an era ended. Having covered the Yankees for 30 years, and with access to previously unavailable material, Madden provides a definitive and captivating biography of "The Boss."Author appearances in the Tristate area. Agent: Rob Wilson/Wilson Media
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061690327
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 632,823
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Coming Storm 1

2 Cleveland 36

3 "Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of the Way" 80

4 Watergate and Catfish 105

5 Three for the Tabloids 144

6 Turmoil and Triumph 187

7 Days of Whine and Rosen 226

8 From Here to Eternity 265

9 Howser and Horses 301

10 Passages 331

11 Chaos: Reggie's Revenge, Umpire Wars and Pine Tar Follies 371

12 An Icon Scorned 415

13 A "Favorite Son" Exiled 445

14 Tale of the Tapes 495

15 Banished! 537

16 The Comeback 560

17 The Buck Stops Here 602

18 Torre Glory 639

19 Billionaire George 677

20 The Lion in Winter 710

Notes and Acknowledgments 755

Bibliography 761

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    A Mets fans take

    Mr. Steinbrenner should be looking down and thanking Stick Micheal for creating the illusion that made George agreat owner. Yes he always spent money, however most times it was impulsive, excessive and not well thought out. Steinbrenners second suspension from the game, which was lauded by the majority of Yankees fans, gave Stick the opportunity and patience to develop young players, something George never had the stomach for. This allowed the team to groom young talents like Jeter, Rivera, Bernie Williams, Posada and Pettite. Without the suspension the Boss may have sent Jeter and Rivera to another club for a fading, former star. We will never know. But we do know George is viewed more saint than sinner by his clubs fans.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    The Best on the Boss

    Bill Madden's biography of Steinbrenner is a thorough, impartial, hard-fact, well-researched book that gives great insight into the magical, confusing mind of George Steinbrenner. Not only does Madden paint a painstaking portrait of Steinbrenner, he frames his research with in-depth observations from the people who surrounded Steinbrenner. It's interesting to read this and then, before or after, read the Torre book, to get two different perspectives on what happened between Steinbrenner and Torre during those years. Madden does a good job of explaining much of Steinbrenner's psyche by delving into his early boyhood and his difficult relationship with his father. A great, easy, interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Great look into a wild history!

    Having grown up towards the end of George's era this book gave me great insight into the team i greatly love. Definitely explains the foundation of the yankees organization we see today. Overall great read. I reccomend it to every yankee fan out there who wants to truly understand yankees history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Disappointment!

    Very disappointed this book had to end, the best sports book i ever read!

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Last Lion or Last Lunatic?

    The sub-title The Last Lion of Baseball is a bit misleading. This is not a laudatory biography of Steinbrenner. The book is an expanded, updated version of Dammed Yankees, a book Madden co-authored with Moss Klein (and by the way, a hilarious account of the first George era). Although the book is never less than interesting, I finished it wishing Madden had mixed more analysis with his anecdotes. Was Steinbrenner good or bad for baseball? Did he fatally alter the competitive balance of the game? Would the Yankees have been more or less successful without his meddling? Hopefully someone will write a biography putting him in the context of modern sports. Steinbrenner The Last Lion will be valuable source material for it.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

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    One of the Greatest Bi-Polar Personalities in History!

    Having been a Yankee fan going back to the CBS days, this book was definately a trip down memory lane. Maddon was lucky to get copies of Gabe Paul's taped memoirs post-mortem to document a lot of the back scenes details of Steinbrenner's years from trying to purchase the Indians through the turbulant 70's as Yankee owner. Maddon, only started covering the Yankees himself during the late 70's. As a Yankee fan it is great to have been insulated from the man who treated all his employees like doormats and then would act like nothing had happened. He would go on tirades and see how he was perceived by the press and if something came out bad he would make one of his staff take the blame. Steinbrenner could have been the best thing that every happened to selling more Tylonal and Rolaids as most of his employees were taking them regularly and many developed stomach and nerve issues. Through it all, the Yankees were successful when Steinbrenner was "hand-off." His two year suspension during the early 90's was what helped the Yankees start to build the dynasty that ruled later that decade. Surely had he not, Jeter, Williams, Pettitte and Rivera would have been trade bait for another over the hill veteren player. Steinbrenner seemed to have an affinity for those who had fallen to drugs and alcohol (Art Howe, Billy Martin, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry). He would fire people than feel bad and call them up and try to unfire them. He did many underhanded and under the table types of deals, possibly bribing politician and feeding them undisclosed contributions to obtain favors for his shipbuilding company and some of his Yankee deals. With the MSG TV deal and later the launching of the YES Network, Steinbrenner helped make the Yankees the first Billion dollar baseball team. He is one of the few owners who didn't mind sharing revenue with other teams as long as he could help his own team get something favorable. After reading this book, I have my doubts as to whether he should be in the Hall of Fame but he is too unique and influential to not be remembered as possibly the most well-known sports owner in history. This book was difficult to put down and some of the things that are described may make your head spin.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Great Book

    This book gives you moment to moment views of the most complex man ever in sports. Bill Madden allows the reader to be "a fly on the wall" in many conversations you cannot or will not believe in is book.
    I suggest this book anyone who loves the Yankees or sports in general, you will not be disappointed one bit.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    No Surprises Here. Hilarious. Great read.

    I loved this book at a time where practically nothing holds my attention. This story substantiates every last suspicion about George. His behavior was so outrageous that it defies imagination. One could not act so ridiculously if every last ounce of effort was put into it. One might conclude that there was a clever method to his madness. I don't think so. I think it was just George being George.

    Best example when Yank Prez Rosen called "heads" and lost the coin flip to decide where the 78 playoff with Boston would be held. Steinbrenner, upon hearing, scream, "You called what? Heads? You f'in imbecile. How in the hell could you call heads, when any dummy knows tails comes up 70% of the time".

    Quintessential George. Great book.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Outstanding

    My years as a Yankee fan have coincided almost directly with the number of years they've been owned by Steinbrenner - so nothing here was groundbreaking news for me. Nevertheless, Madden simply did a great job of giving readers an inside look of the man - the good, the bad and the ugly. Great read!!

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