George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees, famously said that he would “pay whatever it takes” to win. That philosophy has led to the Yankees having one of the highest payrolls in baseball. But what does it take to actually get a job with the Yankees?
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George Steinbrenner buys the Yankees
George Steinbrenner was the principal owner of the New York Yankees from 1973 until his death in 2010. During his 37-year tenure, the Yankees earned 11 pennants and won seven World Series championships.
George hires Billy Martin as the manager
George Steinbrenner, the ebullient owner of the New York Yankees, proved yesterday that he has lost none of his old zest for making headlines. He brought back Billy Martin as manager of the team for what will be Mr. Martin’s fifth term in the job.
The hiring of Mr. Martin, who is currently managing the Oakland Athletics, was not announced until after all the arrangements had been completed. Mr. Steinbrenner would say only that he had hired Mr. Martin late Tuesday night and that Mr. Martin would take over immediately.
The Yankees have been without a manager since June 6, when Yogi Berra was fired and replaced on an interim basis by Clyde King, one of his coaches. The Yankees are in last place in the American League East with a record of 30-38.
George is suspended from baseball
George is suspended from baseball for betting on games, and he is not allowed to return until he shows remorse for his actions. He spends the next few months working as a counselor at a youth center. When the Yankees offer him a job as a batting coach, he is overjoyed and immediately accepts.
George hires Dick Howser as the manager
George Steinbrenner officially hires Dick Howser as the new manager of the New York Yankees on October 29, 1980.
George is diagnosed with cancer
George is diagnosed with cancer in May of 1998. He is unable to continue working and must retire. George’s health insurance through his job with the Yankees ends when he retires. George is forced to sell his house and move in with his son. George’s cancer treatment is expensive and he is unable to pay for it. George’s son set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his father’s treatment.
George hires Joe Torre as the manager
The Yankees hired Joe Torre to be their manager in 1996. George Steinbrenner was the owner of the Yankees at that time.