The longtime New York Yankees owner was beloved by Yankee fans (both the real and the fake) for his single-minded pursuit of success. His measuring stick used only one unit – World Series titles. Sadly, his death leaves the Yankees stalled in mid-flight. Steinbrenner led a group of investors in purchasing the franchise in 1973. Under his ownership, the most famous team in American sports failed to win World Series titles in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979-1995, 1997 and 2001-2008.
The Yankees did briefly recapture the franchise’s glory by winning the World Series last year, but they only won it once in 2009. When Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4th (his actual birthday is April 13th), his franchise was back to their maddeningly inconsistent ways. At the time of his death, the Yankees had not yet won the 2010 World Series. No Yankee currently leads the American League in home runs, runs, RBI, batting average, or strikeouts. What’s more, Miguel Cabrera, Ichiro Suzuki, Roy Halladay, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, and Ryan Braun continue to not play for the Yankees.