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George Steinbrenner dead at 80 -- a life in words

I've never been a Yankees fan (Mets and Red Sox, thank you), but I came up short this morning when I heard that George Steinbrenner had died at age 80. He was an over-sized figure in baseball for decades, and had an impact that went far beyond the Bronx. He seemed immortal, in a way. With a willingness to spend big and a demand for championships, he and his New York-sized wallet did as much to change the game as anyone.

There was never any shortage of words spilled in newspaper columns over Steinbrenner. But if you want a longer view, here are some books to consider, all by respected baseball writers:

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Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden

George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire by Peter Golenbock

October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees' Miraculous Finish in 1978 by Roger Kahn

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