Results for tag: George Steinbrenner
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:56:04 AM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Three of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant and AL East title unfolded for the Yankees during the 1960s and 1970s in years that they won it and years they fell short.

1960 – In the final year under manager Casey Stengel, the Yankees were 1 ½ games behind the White Sox heading into August. They faced the White Sox in Chicago Aug. 8-10 on a 6-2 run and went up by 1 ½ games. After losing 9-1, the Yankees responded with 7-4 and 6-0 victories. A five-game losing streak in early September dropped them two games

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 20, 2010 at 05:22:04 PM

Somewhere in Hideki Matsui's New York-area apartment, there are two World Series championship rings.  One is the fake one that the Yankees presented to him on Opening Day and another is the actual ring that he earned by driving in six runs in the deciding sixth game.

This year the schedule gave the Angels two trips to New York and five games for Matsui here.  The first time he was here Matsui went 2-for-9 with a home run off Phil Hughes.  He left New York with a .316 average but is hitting .249 entering Tuesday's game.

"It's been good. It's been bad.  It's been up and down."

That is how Matsui described his first season with the Angels.  And he's right. 

Matsui batted .273 in April, .184 in May, .318 in June and .190 this month.  He has just four hits

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 17, 2010 at 01:57:46 AM

According to baseball-reference, 47 players have made the major leagues from Ohio State University.  Until Brian Cashman heisted Kenny Williams out of Nick Swisher in November 2008, none had played for the Yankees since George Steinbrenner became owner in 1973.

And how is that relevant to a night when the Yankees won and remembered Steinbrenner?

It is relevant because besides the Yankees, Steinbrenner's passion was Ohio State especially its football program. He was a man who often has been described as having a football mentality and coached at Northwestern at one point.

The obvious ending to last night's game would be Derek Jeter getting the same game-winning single as Swisher and it seemed set up for that.  There's just one problem: even with all his years and accolades with

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:44:34 PM

By all accounts, George Steinbrenner was a fascinating man.  I'll believe that because I never met him, only rode in a crowded elevator with him the night the Yankees won the AL East in 2001.

To me the most fascinating time is not when the team started winning again.  I have enough of a good memory to recall dates, players and events.  Rather it is the 1980s and early 1990s when the franchise disintegrated into the laughingstock and constant hub of player movement. 

I remember little of it, that's what happens when you are born in 1979.  All I remember is Phil Rizzuto in the broadcast booth of WPIX and names of certain guys.  What I do recall is thinking, when I went to a game on June 7, 1991.  It was an incredibly exciting one, down 4-0, the Yankees