Does The Boss Belong in the Hall?
by Eddie Mayrose
As talk of George Steinbrenner’s possible induction into the Hall of Fame swirled around Old Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium, I was asked by Cheap Seater Jim Case if the late Steinbrenner had been good for baseball. A difficult question to answer, no matter how you felt about The Boss during his reign in the Bronx. While most Yankeee fans are sure to point to the many championships won since Steinbrenner bought the franchise in 1973, his detractors make note of the mockery he made of the pinstripes with his endless firings of managers and pitching coaches as well as two suspensions that resulted from a felony conviction and an extortion attempt. However, almost all will use the phrase, “George just wants to win.”
The thing I always found interesting about the “just wants to win” theory is that the Yankees never, EVER, won a title when the impetuous Boss had the final say about the roster. His first championships were won under the watchful eye of GM Gabe Paul, who threatened to quit whenever Steinbrenner insisted on a ridiculous player move. When Paul had had enough, he resigned, leaving the reins in George’s hands and the fans with a drought that would last eighteen years.