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Yankees unveil monument for George Steinbrenner

Sep 20, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

And honestly, is anybody surprised that it’s the biggest darn plaque you’ve ever seen?

The large tribute to the “The Boss” was uncovered beyond the center field fence in Monument Park by his widow Joan just a short while ago. Commissioner Bud Selig and a host of Yankees icons — including Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly and Joe Torre — were among those in attendance for the pre-game tribute.

Here’s the full text from the monument, via the Associated Press:

“A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever,” the
monument reads. “He was considered the most influential owner in all of
sports. In 37 years as principal owner, the Yankees posted a major
league-best .566 winning percentage, while winning 11 American League
pennants and seven World Series titles, becoming the most recognizable
sports brand in the world.

“A
devoted sportsman, he was vice president of the United States Olympic
Committee, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors
and a member of the NCAA Foundation board of trustees. A great
philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without
fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is
anonymity.”

  1. JBerardi - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    And honestly, is anybody surprised that it’s the biggest darn plaque you’ve ever seen?
    .
    I love the “greatest form of charity is anonymity” bit. He was so anonymous in his charity that you can read about it on his plaque… from space.

  2. Glenn - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Again, the Steinbrenners should thank the taxpayers who they ripped off for their billions, not just as Yankee owners, but as ship builders who specialized in taking tax dollars to not build ships. Shameful.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    I believe there are a few organizations that would balk at the Bankees’ claim to be the most recognizable brand in sports. Soccer is pretty big in a rather large portion of the world, so my guess would be that Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, etc. would be more recognizable. By the way, Jerrah Jones and Al Davis might have something to say about the claim, too.

  4. maninblack59 - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    I new it would happen just when, nothing against it or what it looks like or how big it is, it’s what he acomplished for the yankees, they were in last place when he come around, it is what he made it

  5. Mr. Furious - Sep 21, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    I think that they’re certainly the most recognizable brand in North American sports, thanks in no small part to the number of entertainers who wear Yankees caps. While, from what I understand, that’s more of a New York thing than specifically a Yankees thing, it’s still that particular logo that they’ve chosen.
    I don’t think that the Raiders or Cowboys come close to Yankees brand recognition right now. Worldwide, I think that you may be right about Man U and/or Arsenal, though.

  6. Buffalo - Sep 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Glenn, grow up! The taxpayers didn’t pay for sh!t of the stadium, they built a new Train station and “secured” the bonds that were issued to build the stadium. Now what is the likely hood that the Yankees fault on thier debt obligation to the bond holders… ZERO! Yeah, they got to issue debt bonds cheaper by having the State secure them, rather than going to Wall Street but they also generate TONS AND TONS of Tax revenue every time they sell 48,000 tickets to the game….. grow up and move out of your mom’s basement!

  7. Detroit Michael - Sep 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Also suspended for two years (later reduced to 15 months). Also permanently banned from day to day management (later reinstated after 3 years).
    I guess the victors get to write history, omitting relevant biographical facts selectively.

  8. Glenn - Sep 21, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Wow, a little overly hostile aren’t we? I won’t go into all of the studies that prove that pro stadiums do not generate money for the taxpayer. It was my understanding that a lot of tax money went to help the Steinbrenners on this. Anyway, a great book on the general topic is “Free Lunch” by David Johnston. Good chapter there about the Steinbrenner family fortune, the new stadium, etc. Hey, and get that anger checked out, it’s saying more about you than you probably intended.

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