07/13/2010 1:39 PM ET
Commissioner's statement regarding George Steinbrenner
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing
of George Steinbrenner:
"On behalf of Baseball, I am very saddened by the passing this morning of George Steinbrenner.
George was a giant of the game and his devotion to baseball was surpassed only by his devotion to his
family and his beloved New York Yankees. He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and all of the other Yankee
I have known George ever since he entered the game in 1972. He was my dear friend for nearly four
decades. Although we would have disagreements over the years, they never interfered with our friendship
and commitment to each other. Our friendship was built on loyalty and trust and it never wavered. We
were allies and friends in the truest sense of the words.
My wife, Sue, and I pass on our deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family, to the New York
Yankees and to all of his friends. We will miss him, especially tonight when the baseball family will be
gathered at Angel Stadium for the All-Star Game."