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Reaction to the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

"He was an incredible and charitable man. First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family — his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm; his children, Hank, Jennifer, Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren. He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."

From a Steinbrenner family statement

"It's a sad day for me. I lost a good friend and so did this city and so did this country. For everything that people know that he did that was generous and good there were 10 things people know nothing about.''

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco

"I am deeply saddened by the death of George Steinbrenner. Our community has lost a grand and generous person who made a difference in ways large and small. With a larger-than-life personality, he leaves a lasting legacy in sports, business and philanthropy. Many times he worked behind the scenes to help individuals and institutions — all to make Tampa a better place to live.''

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

"Florida joins the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball in mourning the loss of unparalleled baseball icon George Steinbrenner. ... While the public face of George Steinbrenner was a demanding owner, he was extremely generous to others. Many acts of kindness were bestowed to those in need, with most of those acts going unnoticed except by those who benefited.''

Gov. Charlie Crist

"He was a great American, a real patriot actually born on the Fourth of July. He had kind of a tough exterior but a warm and gentle heart. He was a great individual that did so much for so many. He was a sort of an unsung hero to a lot of people. There were things he did that nobody knew about. He was unbelievably great for the sport of baseball. It's a huge loss to our community, our state and our country."

Developer Al Austin

"George M. Steinbrenner has been an extremely generous supporter of our schools for a very, very long time. He is a high-profile person for lots of reasons, but people often don't know about all the wonderful things he did out of the spotlight. ... It has been a blessing to have such a man living in our community.''

Susan Valdes, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County School Board

"For all his boasting and bluster, Steinbrenner opened his arms and checkbook for good causes in the Tampa Bay area. He was especially fond of the arts, and donated several million dollars to the Florida Orchestra during its most difficult years. But he also had his opinions about how the money should be used. When he stopped giving to the orchestra, I asked him why, and he said "They play too much Beethoven. I want to hear Pops music.''

Kurt Loft, former performing arts critic with the Tampa Tribune

"Mr. Steinbrenner has been so much more to our community than just a sports hero of international notoriety. He has been a great friend, a generous supporter, community leader and philanthropist.''

Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan

"Few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner. George had a deep love for New York, and his steely determination to succeed combined with his deep respect and appreciation for talent and hard work made him a quintessential New Yorker."

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

"Everyone knows George Steinbrenner went from loser to legend by taking a second division team with a struggling franchise in 1973 and turning it into a champion again. But he was much more than a winner and a celebrity. There was no falseness in him. He did everything with his heart: his family, his friends, his team, his nation and his community. I'm not surprised that in the end he died by wearing it out."

Mario Cuomo, former New York governor

Reaction to the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner 07/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:50pm]
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