King of New York
Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:15 am
No sports figure has ever ruled a city the way George Steinbrenner ruled New York.
I've lived in the New York area for the better part of 15 years and he owned this town. He commanded the back pages of tabloids and the whims of mayors with equal ease. For decades he was the engine that drove the New York sports scene.
In Green Bay, there was Vince Lombardi. In Cleveland, there was Paul Brown. In Dallas, there's Jerry Jones.
Steinbrenner's power and influence in New York dwarfed them all.
In reality, no sports executive transcended his sport the way Steinbrenner did. No one ever will. He became a running joke on "Seinfeld" and hosted "Saturday Night Live." He did all this while transforming baseball, making enemies and winning championships.
He was despised, cherished, loved and caricatured.
And he did it all on the greatest media stage in the world.