Archive for George Steinbrenner

Bride of the Yankees

Happy Anniversary to Ed and Allison Lucas!

On March 10, 2006, the happy couple made history by becoming the very first (and only) couple to be married at home plate in historic Yankee Stadium.

Nobody had ever been allowed to be married on that hallowed ground. The Yankees had a strict prohibition on it. Lucky for Ed and Allison, “The Boss”, owner George Steinbrenner, considered them family.

Mr. Steinbrenner lifted the ban one time only.

He also went well beyond.

One week before the wedding, Yankee Stadium was covered in snow. An early March storm and frigid weather seemed like it might put a chill in the wedding plans.

Mr. Steinbrenner had his grounds crew clear the field and set the Stadum up for the wedding just like it was Opening Day.

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Oscar Winners Who Have Portrayed Baseball Players On Screen

The two great past-times of American summers, baseball and the movies, sometimes come together in thrilling ways.

Ballparks have been the setting for some of Hollywood’s best loved sports films.

Baseball is such an integral part of growing up in the United States, that many actors have a natural feel and look when it comes to taking on the role of a ballplayer, even if they’ve never actually spent time on a diamond.

In fact, some of our most talented actors have been captured on screen as they roamed the infield, outfield, bullpen or dugout.

Here, in chronological order of the films as they debuted, are several Oscar winners who have portrayed baseball players on screen:

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George Steinbrenner – SNL host extraordinaire

imageTonight, NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) is having a big 40th anniversary celebration.

The show will air in prime time and will feature the majority of cast members from the last four decades. The red carpet and audience will be filled with A-listers from all areas of show business, many of whom were once guest hosts or musical guests.

One of the best guest hosts of all time won’t be there, unfortunately, as he passed away in 2010.

Yankee owner George Steinbrenner was a complete surprise when he took the stage for the opening monologue in October 1990 (the same night that the Cincinnati Reds – led by George’s former manager, Lou Piniella, completed a surprise World Series sweep of the Oakland A’s.)

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Why Horace Stoneham belongs in the Hall of Fame

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Horace Stoneham

In my book, Seeing Home, I mention the late Yankee owner George M. Steinbrenner, who was a wonderful person. I call him one of life’s hall of famers, a guy who quietly and consistently helped those in need.

Unfortunately, for reasons I’ll describe below, he isn’t yet a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

It reminded me of another should be Baseball Hall of Fame owner that is mentioned in Seeing Home, Horace Stoneham of the New York Giants.

While he was never the household name that Steinbrenner was, Stoneham had just as big an impact on New York baseball. It was his last move in New York, however, that might be the thing that’s unfairly keeping him out of the Hall.

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