Via the Yankees today -
George Steinbrenner will celebrate his 80th birthday at home in Tampa enjoying time with his family and keeping up with the Yankees’ game against the Blue Jays. Through his spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein, he released the following statement:
“I want to thank everyone who has sent their good wishes. I am very fortunate to have the love and support of a great family and many, many friends. The Yankees and their fans are a large part of what keeps me going. It means a lot. And I remind everyone that the Fourth of July is also the birthday of our country. We are all lucky to be Americans.”
If I recall correctly, it said in the Madden book that Big Stein’s dad passed away at 79 due to Alzheimer’s – like the Boss has now. Poor George probably is in his final days now…but, he had one heckuva run, that’s for sure.