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Owner of the New York Yankees from 1972 until his death, George Steinbrenner was one of the most
notorious team owners in baseball history.
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In retaliation, Steinbrenner paid $40,000 to gambler and former Foundation employee Howard Spira, ordering him to find compromising information about Winfield. The incident led to Steinbrenner's permanent ban from baseball on July 13, 1990.
Steinbrenner managed to earn reinstatement in 1993, but took a more "hands off" approach upon his return to baseball, leaving management of the Yankees to other partners. Starting in 2006, George Steinbrenner spent most of his time in Tampa, Florida,
leaving the Yankees to be run by his sons Hank and Hal Steinbrenner. On July 13, 2010, Steinbrenner died of a massive heart attack. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, Joan; sisters Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm; children Hank, Hal, Jennifer and Jessica; and his grandchildren.
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