George Steinbrenner poses with Yankees pitchers (clockwise from top right) Jose Contreras, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens and Jeff Weaver during spring training in 2003. Pettitte came out of retirement on Friday and will pitch for the Yankees this season. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
A dye transfer portrait of George Steinbrenner on Sept. 22, 1977 over Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y. The longtime New York Yankees owner passed away five years ago today at the age of 80. In his 37 years as owner, the Bronx Bombers won seven World Series championships and became one of the most celebrated franchises in professional sports. (Lane Stewart for SI)
George Steinbrenner and Thurman Munson celebrate the Yankees victory in the 1977 World Series. According to a report in today’s New York Daily News, the Steinbrenner family may put the team up for sale. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
The FBI released documents Monday stating that New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner assisted the agency in two investigations — one of them apparently a terrorism probe — in the years leading up to his pardon by President Ronald Reagan on a campaign-contributions conviction.