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The last gleaming

Even in his golden years, George Steinbrenner left footprints all over baseball

Updated: July 13, 2010, 5:09 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

This story originally appeared in the August 1, 2005, edition of ESPN The Magazine.

It's July 9, Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. Present and future Hall of Famers are all over the place. Yogi Berra is downstairs in the clubhouse, where Whitey Ford is pulling on pinstripes and ex-teammates are trading handshakes and laughs and war stories. It's a big day -- maybe the biggest day, other than October days -- for the organization. All hands on deck.

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