He spent big. He won big.

George Steinbrenner reshaped baseball and one of its most prized franchises when he took over the New York Yankees in 1973. The Yankees responded to his leadership by winning seven World Series titles during his reign.

Two days after the Yankees lost their long time friend and announcer Bob Sheppard, they have another loss to mourn. George Steinbrenner passed away this morning from a heart-attack, leaving years of success and an empire behind.

For over 30 years, Steinbrenner ran an organization that is now a model for what every baseball franchise wants to become. Like the Yankees or hate them, there is no denying their success.

Today, baseball lost a visionary. A leader. A model.

He will be missed by all.

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