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July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday Big Stein!

George Steinbrenner turns 76 today. Happy Birthday Boss!

Charlie Comiskey, Clark Griffith, Bill Veeck, and Tom Yawkey are all in Cooperstown. Will Steinbrenner ever join them?

He's owned the New York Yankees for 33 years now. In those years, his teams have finished:

1st - 15 times
2nd - 6 times
3rd - 3 times

24 out of 33 in the 1st division. Twice, when they finished 4th, the team won 89 games. In 27 of 33 seasons, the team has been over .500 - - and, in one year that they were under, their record was 80-82.

His team has won their DIV crown 15 times (in 33 years, if you count 1994). They have 10 pennants and 6 W.S. rings.

How many owners in the history of baseball can match this pace of success? (I say pace since many have owned teams much longer than 30 years.)

I have no idea how the Cooperstown process works with owners. Do they have to be retired for 5 years as well before they can get in? If not, the minute that Steve Swindal takes over full-time, I hope that the Hall gets George in there - so that he's alive when it happens. What a shame it would be for him to be elected after he passes.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 4, 2006 08:45 AM


Yeah, I agree. He has to be in.

Posted by: pokeefe [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2006 10:17 AM

I don't know if I'm in the majority or in the minority on this one but I don't think that fat phony in Tampa belongs in the Hall. If he didn't spend so much of his energy trying to destroy the one thing he claims to love so much it would be a different story for me.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2006 01:04 PM

God bless America on our 230th birthday!

Let's make sure we are on God's side.

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2006 03:16 PM