Bill Madden’s book chronicling the life of Yankee owner, George Steinbrenner comes out on Tuesday. From what I’ve heard, the book is inspiring and filled with “George-Isms”. Here’s a synopsis of the book…

No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. From the moment he bought the team in 1973 for $10 million, Steinbrenner’s monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Today the New York Yankees are worth more than $1 billion and are once again world champions.

Award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fund-raiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees, even though his father disparaged George’s desire to own a professional sports team as a “hobby.” Over the next four decades, Steinbrenner’s tumultuous reign included his epic battles with Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, even beloved Yankee captain Derek Jeter. His ruthless and free-spending tactics made him a lightning rod for controversy but they also paid off: Steinbrenner’s Yankees have won seven championships and remain the gold standard in all sports. In the last few years, with his health declining, the Boss ceded control of the team to his sons, but not before lording over the team’s historic transition from the House That Ruth Built to the House That George Built.

Throughout his three decades of covering the Yankees, Bill Madden has cultivated hundreds of sources at every level in the organization, from the many managers and front-office personnel Steinbrenner has fired to the bat boys who are ever present in the locker room. All of them have colorful stories about the man with whom they have enjoyed a love-hate relationship, but it is the Boss himself whose voice rises above the rest. And when Steinbrenner decided to give his final print interview, he spoke to Madden to set the record straight on his extraordinary life and career.

I plan on picking up a copy. Even though I am a younger Yankee fan, I’ve heard and read about the battles between Mr. Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and Reggie Jackson. I’m sure this book will shed even more light on those tumultuous relationships.

My favorite Steinbrenner memory:

  • The 2000 World Series was arguably the most meaningful for Mr. Steinbrenner. Losing to the Mets was not option and Mr. Steinbrenner made that known. Upon arriving at Shea Stadium before Game 3 of the 2000 World Series, Mr. Steinbrenner did not like that the stools in the visiting clubhouse displayed the Met logo. Mr. Steinbrenner was also not fond of the clubhouse furniture. With only a few hours before first pitch, Mr. Steinbrenner hired an entire moving team to move the Yankees’ own clubhouse furniture to Shea. He even helped helped move the furniture because the crew was not moving fast enough. This crazy gesture proves that Mr. Steinbrenner wanted to do everything in his power to make sure his players were comfortable and ready to win.

What is your favorite Steinbrenner moment?