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Landmarks for the Boss and his Bronx Bombers


Jan. 3: A limited partnership, headed by George M. Steinbrenner III as its managing general partner, purchases the Yankees from CBS.

Sept. 30: Ralph Houk resigns as manager.


April 5: Steinbrenner is indicted on 14 criminal counts in connection to a contribution to President Richard Nixon's re-election campaign. Four months later he pleads guilty to two — making illegal campaign contributions and obstruction. He's fined $20,000. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends him from baseball for two years, but the punishment is later reduced, allowing Steinbrenner back for 1976.

Dec. 31: Free agent Catfish Hunter signs a then-record five-year contract.


Aug. 1: Billy Martin replaces Bill Virdon for his first of five stints as manager.


Nov. 29: Free agent Reggie Jackson signs a five-year contract.


Oct. 18: Jackson hits three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.


July 24: Billy Martin resigns as manager.

July 25: Bob Lemon is named manager, replacing Martin.

July 29: On Old Timer's Day, the Yankees announce that Martin will return as Yankee manager in 1980 and Lemon will become general manager.


June 18: Martin returns as Yankee manager, replacing Lemon.

Oct. 28: Martin is fired.


Dec. 15: Free agent Dave Winfield signs a then-record 10-year contract.


Sept. 6: Lemon is named manager for second time, replacing Gene Michael.


April 26: Michael becomes manager for second time, replacing Lemon.

Aug. 3: Clyde King is named Yankee manager, replacing Michael.


Jan. 11: Billy Martin returns for his third stint as manager.


April 28: Martin is named manager for the fourth time, replacing Yogi Berra, who vows never to return.

Oct. 17: Lou Piniella is named manager, replacing Martin.


June 23: Martin is replaced as manager for fifth and final time. Piniella is manager for second time.


Jan. 19: President Ronald Reagan pardons Steinbrenner for illegal campaign contributions made to Nixon in 1974.

Aug. 18: Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as manager.


June 6: Stump Merrill replaces Dent as manager.

July 30: Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Steinbrenner to resign as the club's general partner by Aug. 20 and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life, the result of Steinbrenner's $40‚000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about former Yankee star Dave Winfield.

Oct. 20: Steinbrenner hosts Saturday Night Live on NBC.


July 24: Vincent announces Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1‚ 1993.


Spring: Legends Field opens on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

Oct. 26: Championship trophy returns to the Bronx after Yanks defeat Braves in Game 6 of World Series. It is their 23rd title and the beginning of a dynasty.


Sept. 25: The Yankees establish an American-League record with their 112th win of the season (a 6-1 win vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium), breaking the mark of 111 by the 1954 Cleveland Indians (they complete the season with an AL record 114th victory on Sept. 27 vs. Tampa Bay).

Oct. 21: The Yankees complete the season with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the World Series to capture the franchise's 24th world championship. Their 3-0 win gives the club a record of 125-50 (114-48 in the regular season, 11-2 in postseason).


Jan. 5: After receiving an apology from Steinbrenner, Yogi Berra ends his self-exile from Yankee Stadium.

Oct. 27: The Yankees play baseball's last game of the century and complete a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves to capture their 25th world championship. The 4-1 win is also the club's 12th straight in World-Series play, tying the record of the 1927, 1928 and 1932 Yankees.


Oct. 26: Yankees win their 26th world championship in five games against the New York Mets. It was the first "Subway Series" since 1956.


Dec. 27: Steinbrenner faints at the memorial service of legendary Cleveland quarterback Otto Graham.


Oct. 29: Steinbrenner faints again while attending his granddaughter's college play.


Oct. 19: Manager Joe Torre explains his decision to reject the Yankees' contract offer. He later is replaced by Joe Girardi.


March 27: Legends Field, the Yankees' spring training complex on N Dale Mabry Highway, is renamed George M. Steinbrenner Field.

April: Steinbrenner designates sons Hank and Hal co-chairmen of the Yankees.

Nov. 20: Steinbrenner turns over control of the Yankees to his youngest son, Hal.


April 16: Steinbrenner appears at the opening of the new Yankee Stadium.

Nov. 4: The Yankees beat the Phillies four games to two to clinch their 27th World Series title.


July 13: Steinbrenner dies in Tampa, nine days after his 80th birthday.

Sources: Yankees media guide, Times files,, ESPN

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