George Steinbrenner: The Boss Is Dead at 80

Tonight’s major league All-Star Game is suddenly a must see, with Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s death of a heart attack, followingly so closely on the heels of longtime Yankee public address announcer Bob Sheppard (1910-2010).  What gets lost in all the media/SNL/”Seinfeld” characterization of late Yankee boss George Steinbrenner is that he hired the first Black head coach in a modern professional basketball league when he tabbed the legendary Dr. John McClendon to guide the Cleveland Pipers of the fledgling ABL in 1961. More recently (and equally unsung) “The Boss” gave second chances to players such as Wade Boggs, Tim Raines, Dwight Gooden, Jose Canseco, Chuck Knoblauch, Ruben Sierra Roger Clemens and Darryl Strawberry, allowing them to exit the game they loved, with dignity and (world championship) jewelry.



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