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)

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January 3, 1973
Leading a limited partnership that includes Lester Crown, John DeLorean and Nelson Bunker Hunt, Tampa ship builder George Steinbrenner purchases the Yankees from CBS for $8.7 million. ‘The Boss’, who had previously invested in a failed basketball league and a series of failed Broadway shows, will become the most infamous owner in Major League history.