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The wealthy entrepreneur managed to keep his ownership of the New York baseball franchise in 1990 even after being barred from the Major League Baseball.

The New York Yankees 2 in Major League Baseball were owned by George Steinbrenner.
The owner of the MLB’s New York Yankees was George Steinbrenner.Photo credit: Getty Images/AFP/Tim Clary — Getty
George Steinbrenner was a person.
On July 4, 1930, in Bay Village, Ohio, George Michael Steinbrenner III was born.

In 1973, the billionaire acquired primary ownership and managing partner status over the New York Yankees.

He was wed to Elizabeth Joan Steinbrenner, a benefactor.

Sons Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and daughters Jessica and Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal made up the couple’s four children.

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How come he got barred from MLB?
According to Yanks Go Yard, George was given a lifetime ban by the MLB on July 30, 1990.

When it was learned that George had paid a gambler to spy on Dave Winfield and “dig up dirt” on the baseball player, Commissioner Fay Vincent reportedly issued the ban.

The renowned billionaire “was able to stay on as owner” even though George “was banned from day-to-day operations,” according to the New York Post.

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George was later granted a reduced lifetime ban, according to Yanks Go Yard, and he “was reinstated three years later in 1993.”

The late Yankees owner was suspended for two years in 1974 by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn “because of his Federal conviction for illegal contributions to political campaigns,” as The New York Times reported.

According to the site, George had entered a guilty plea, acknowledging that he had made illicit contributions to the 1972 campaigns of former President Richard M. Nixon and many Democratic candidates for Congress.

On March 25, 1976, George Steinbrenner (C) attended an exhibition game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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On March 25, 1976, George Steinbrenner (C) attended an exhibition game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Image sourced from Getty Images by Fairchild Archive/WWD/Penske Media — Getty
He also entered a guilty plea to a scheme in which political activities were funded by ship-company monies that were passed off as employee bonuses. The publication states, “He received a $15,000 fine, while the corporation was fined $20,000.

How can I see Crime, Chaos, and Baseball at the Bronx Zoo in 1990?
Thursday, May 16, 2024, is the premiere date for Bronx Zoo ’90: Crime, Chaos, and Baseball on Peacock.

On the website of the streaming service, the docuseries is described as “the astonishing true story of the 1990 New York Yankees, chronicling the team at a crossroads in their storied history.”

“The season went on record as one of the worst and was made even more infamous by the drama that ensued off the field.”

One of the key characters in the TV show is George.

“Based on a series of articles from New York Post columnist Joel Sherman, the docuseries covers team owner George Steinbrenner’s removal from baseball for trying to buy information on Dave Winfield from a notorious gambler,” the website for the streaming service continues

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