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“Life, like baseball, is a series of tragedies separated by times of sheer joy”

Jul 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

George Steinbrenner thumbs up

Normally when you hear about ALS, Yankee Stadium and the Fourth of July, you think of Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech.  And you should remember it because it’s one of baseball’s defining moments.

But former commissioner Fay Vincent has a piece over at Fox today with a different ALS/Yankee Stadium story, this one involving a childhood friend of his.  And, most notably, the considerable help of one George Steinbrenner to help give a dying man his last wish.

Excuse me. It’s gettin’ a bit dusty in here. Gotta go open a window or something.

  1. fribnit - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    very touching story.

    It is a shame I think that the soft side of Mr. Steinbrenner is now becoming known only after his passing but I suspect that is exactly how he wanted it.

  2. danberman4 - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Unfortunately his soft side can’t erase but what a jerk he was to employees, including front-office staff.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      This just in, people are far more complicated than the facade they portray in front of cameras. Who’d have thought?

      • Old Gator - Jul 4, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        Anyone who watched the beer commercials he made with Billy Martin and Derek Jeter probably would have guessed there was more to the guy than the cartoon ogre the New York newspapers and tawk raydeeo wanted you to think he was. It has been my experience that one-dimensional people don’t relish goofing on themselves very much. Steinbrenner, whatever his failings were, onedimensionality wasn’t one of ’em.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jul 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM

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