George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees 40 years ago today

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Forty years ago today George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees. The price? $10 million, which is what the Cubs are paying Carlos Villanueva over the next two years. The then-stated managerial philosophy:

“We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”

Didn’t quite work out that way. But 40 years later the Steinbrenner family still owns the team and stands as the longest-tenured ownership group in the game.

Happy Boss-a-versary, Yankees fans.