Reign of 'The Boss' was a wild ride
One hundred years from now, when sports historians yet unborn convene to vote upon the most influential figures in the history of baseball, right there near the top of the list -- among the Black Sox and Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Barry Bonds and Marvin Miller -- will be the Ohio shipping tycoon who descended on the game with the all-embracing warmth of the Hindenburg. And surely they will note, among George Steinbrenner's more memorable legacies, the solemn vow he made after he and his partners bought the New York Yankees from CBS for $8.7 million."I won't be active in the day-to-day operation of the Yankees," Tycoon George said at the time. "I'll stick to building ships."