“It is with great sadness and fond memories that New York says goodbye to George Steinbrenner—a larger than life sportsman and brilliant entrepreneur who presided over baseball’s last dynasty and helped revolutionize the business of baseball.
“Mr. Steinbrenner’s passion for the game was unmatched. He committed himself and all of the Yankees' resources to one thing and one thing only: winning. And he won quite often. During his 37 years as principal owner, the Yankees won 11 pennants and seven World Series championships. That’s more than any other team over the same period. Opposing players and fans may have bristled at his outspoken leadership over the years, but it was only because they wished they had a Steinbrenner of their own.
“Mr. Steinbrenner’s passing comes on the morning of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, a contest dedicated to the fans and to the glory of the game. This is a fitting tribute, as Mr. Steinbrenner was one of the last owners who felt as much loyalty and kinship with his fans as they felt with his team. So as Americans gather this evening to watch baseball’s best—including six of his Yankees—I hope we all take a moment to remember the life and legacy of George Steinbrenner: the owner; the businessman; the husband and father; the Boss.
“On behalf of a grateful city and State, I wish comfort during this difficult time to Mr. Steinbrenner's wife, Elizabeth, and children, Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer. He will truly be missed.”