Notable quotes from George Steinbrenner
When Steinbrenner bought the Yankees, he famously promised a hands-off operation: "We're not going to pretend we're something we aren't. I'll stick to building ships."
"I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."
— Steinbrenner as he approached his 75th birthday
"When you're a shipbuilder, nobody pays any attention to you. But when you own the New York Yankees . . . they do, and I love it."
"I care about New York dearly. I like every cab driver, every guy that stops the car and honks, every truck driver. I feed on that."
"Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning second."
"Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa."
"I hate to lose. Hate, hate, hate to lose."
"I've been lucky enough to be successful, and I want to pass it on. I don't want to die with all this money. I want to give to the people. I don't want to be the richest man in the cemetery."
"In the end, I'll put my good acts up against anybody in this country. Anybody."
He once likened himself to George Patton: "He was a gruff son of a b---- and he led through fear. I hope I don't lead through fear, and I would hope it was more love and respect, but maybe it isn't."
"I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always been successful. But I know that I have tried."
Sources: NBC News, Esquire magazine, Sports Illustrated, New York Times, MLB.com, St. Petersburg Times staff