George “The Boss” Steinbrenner had three loves – his family, his team, and his community. The 80-year-old Yankees owner, businessman and community leader passed Tuesday morning in Tampa, a city he referred to as “home” despite his affinity to New York. His philanthropic “soft spots” focused on children, teachers, law enforcement & firefighters, and the military.
Known as a “Pillar of the Tampa Community”, various landmarks around the city proudly carry his name as a testament to his prolific contributions: George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz (an honor bestowed by Hillsborough County School Board); the renaming of Legends Field to Steinbrenner Field; George M. Steinbrenner Family West (a/k/a Boys & Girls Club of Tampa); and Steinbrenner Emergency/Trauma Center for Children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
BayNews 9 stated, “Steinbrenner and his Foundations have quietly given millions to many causes in the Bay area without much fanfare or public notice.”
Like many Yankee legends before him, this icon will be remembered as a true champion on and off the field.