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Yankees Unveil Monument In Honor Of George Steinbrenner

Yankees' Monument To Steinbrenner Measures 35 Square Feet, Weighs 760 Pounds
The Yankees honored late Chair George Steinbrenner with the unveiling of a monument dedicated to him in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park. In an emotional 20-minute on-field ceremony held before last night's Rays-Yankees contest, the club debuted a 35-square-foot, 760-pound monument devoted to Steinbrenner, who chaired the club for more than 37 years until his death in July. The monument reads in part, "A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever, he was considered the most influential owner in all of sports." The ceremony was attended by Steinbrenner's widow, Joan, and all four of their children, including Yankees co-Chair & Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and his wife, Sue. Former Yankees Managing General Partner Steve Swindal, ex-husband of Steinbrenner's eldest daughter Jennifer and for several years thought to be the heir-apparent to run the Yankees before a drunk driving arrest and divorce in '07, was also present (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). In N.Y., Ben Shpigel notes it was the "first time this season that all four of Steinbrenner's children -- Hal, Hank, Jennifer and Jessica -- gathered in the Bronx for a game" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/21). ESPN N.Y.'s Andrew Marchand noted all current Yankees and the Steinbrenner family "walked out to Monument Park ... following a video tribute," and Joan "revealed the contents of the first new monument at the new Yankee Stadium." The monument is "twice the size: of the ones for Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, "dwarfing all the honorees in the historic park that now sits behind the center field wall at the new Yankee Stadium" (ESPNNEWYORK.com, 9/20). In N.Y., Brian Costello notes it is the team's "seventh monument, and first in honor of a person since Joe DiMaggio's monument was added" in '99. A "remembrance for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was unveiled" in '02 (N.Y. POST, 9/21).
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