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    Nov 28, 2003 - The Diamondbacks trade ace Curt Schilling to the Red Sox for pitcher Casey FossumBrandon Lyon and 2 minor leaguers. Schilling negotiates his own contract with the Red Sox. Reportedly‚ the Yankees offered more than the Red Sox-Nick Johnson's name is mentioned-but Arizona owner Jerry Colangelo is still annoyed at George Steinbrenner for resigning David Wells after Boomer had come to an agreement with the Diamondbacks.

    Apr 1, 1999 - No joke. Enraged that P Hideki Irabu fails to cover 1B on a ground ball hit during an exhibition game‚ Yankees owner George Steinbrenner calls him a "fat pussy toad." Steinbrenner will later apologize to Irabu.

    Aug 30, 1997 - Yankee P David Wells strikes a familiar note as he threatens to punch out owner George Steinbrenner during a clubhouse argument. Reportedly‚ the argument began after the team's 7-2 loss to the Expos‚ when a play occurred that was similar to last year's ALCS. This time it was against the Yankees; Darrin Fletcher's gets a home run when a fan in right field reaches over and snagged the ball before Paul O'Neill could catch it. Wells opined to Steinbrenner that extra security should be added in RF to prevent this sort of thing‚ George answered that Wells ought to stick to his pitching. When Wells said that Steinbrenner could trade him‚ the owner answered that no one wanted the lefty. It was then that Wells joined the ranks of earlier Yankees who have wanted to flatten the feisty owner.

    May 13, 1997 - Baseball's executive council votes unanimously to immediately remove George Steinbrenner from the ruling body. This is the latest salvo between the two parties since the Yankee owner sued ML baseball over disagreements regarding the club's 10-year $93 million Adidas deal.

    Oct 10, 1995 - Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is fined $50‚000 for criticizing the umpiring in the NY-Seattle playoff series.

    Mar 30, 1995 - In a conference call vote‚ the woners vote 26-2 to authorize the use of replacement players for the season. Initially‚ George Steinbrenner votes against it but changes his mind to show solidarity with Bud Selig. Toronto and Baltimore vote against it.

    Mar 1, 1993 - George Steinbrenner resumes his role as general partner of the Yankees following his suspension from baseball for conduct unbecoming an owner because of his dealings with Howard Spira, reportedly a former employee of Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield. Winfield's contract with New York required Steinbrenner to make a sizable annual contribution to the outfielder's charitable foundation. Steinbrenner suspected the foundation was being badly run and had paid Spira for information that might have relived the Yankees' owner of his obligation. Steinbrenner and Winfield eventually settle the dispute.

    Jul 24, 1992 - Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that George Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1‚ 1993.

    Apr 24, 1992 - Former Yankees vice president Leonard Kleinman drops his $30 million lawsuit against baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent. The suit had been one of the obstacles standing in the way of George Steinbrenner's reinstatement with the Yankees.

    Mar 12, 1992 - Yankees VP and chief administrative officer Joseph Molloy‚ son-in-law of principal owner George Steinbrenner‚ is elected as new managing general partner of the club.

    Dec 10, 1991 - Admitted gambler Howard Spira is sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to extort $110‚000 from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

    May 8, 1991 - Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40‚000 from Steinbrenner.

    Jul 30, 1990 - In a surprisingly harsh ruling‚ Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club's general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner's $40‚000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee star Dave Winfield.

    May 11, 1990 - Citing a no-trade clause in his contract‚ Yankee OF Dave Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16th‚ ending his often stormy relationship with Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.

    Dec 25, 1989 - Billy Martin‚ former infielder and 5-time manager of the Yankees‚ dies in a car accident in Johnson City‚ New York at the age of 61. Martin will be buried in Gates of Heaven cemetery in Valhalla‚ New York in a plot near Babe Ruth's. George Steinbrenner‚ who fired Martin 4 times (he resigned the 5th time) purchases the plot.

    Aug 18, 1989 - Dallas Green is fired as manager of the Yankees and replaced by former SS Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973.

    Jun 23, 1988 - George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin for the 5th time‚ replacing him with Lou Piniella. In 1985‚ Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985‚ Martin was fired and replaced by Piniella. New York's 40-28 record is the 4th best in the big leagues‚ but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.

    Apr 28, 1985 - After the Yankees lose to the White Sox 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th‚ manager Yogi Berra is replaced by Billy Martin‚ who begins his 4th term in the job. The bad news is delivered to Yogi by pitching coach Clyde King‚ and a furious Berra vows to never set foot in Yankee Stadium as long as George Steinbrenner is the owner.

    Dec 16, 1983 - George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin as manager of the Yankees for the 3rd time‚ replacing him with Yogi Berra and giving Martin a front-office job.

    May 31, 1983 - AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week‚ citing "repeated problems" with the outspoken owner's public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner‚ who had been fined $50‚000 by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some NL umpires‚ cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.

    Jan 11, 1983 - For the third time in 8 years‚ George Steinbrenner hires Billy Martin as Yankee manager. Martin replaces Clyde King‚ who will move to the front office.

    Aug 3, 1982 - The White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium 1-0 and 14-2‚ prompting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees' 3rd manager this season.

    Apr 25, 1982 - Just 14 games into the season‚ George Steinbrenner fires manager Bob Lemon and replaces him with Gene Michael‚ the man Lemon had replaced last September.

    Oct 25, 1981 - After his club loses game 5 of the World Series‚ Yankee owner George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 (he says) fans in a hotel elevator and emerges with a fat lip and a broken hand.

    Oct 28, 1979 - George Steinbrenner announces that Billy Martin is fired again as a result of his recent barroom fight. Dick Howser is named to replace him.

    Jul 19, 1979 - New York Yankees president Al Rosen resigns after a year and a half on the job. Rosen continually found himself in disagreements with Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner.

    Jul 24, 1978 - Out on a force play: In Kansas City, a sobbing Billy Martin preempts a firing by reading a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Martin's resignation comes shortly after he was quoted about Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner saying, one's a born liar; the other's convicted. Bob Lemon, a good friend of Yankee president Al Rosen, is named as manager.

    Nov 27, 1974 - Bowie Kuhn suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for 2 years as a result of Steinbrenner's conviction for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and others.

    Apr 6, 1974 - The Yankees open their two-year stay at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 20‚744. 12-year-old Teddy Kennedy‚ Jr.‚ flanked by his father and Mayor Abe Beame‚ tosses out the first ball. Missing from the ceremony is George Steinbrenner‚ indicted two days ago for illegal campaign contributions. Greg Nettle's two-run homer in the 4th off the Indians Gaylord Perry opens the scoring and the Yanks score 4 more times to win‚ 6-1. Charlie Spikes scores the only Cleveland run in the 9th following a triple off starter and winner Mel Stottlemyre. Perry‚ who is warned once for an illegal pitch‚ is the loser today‚ but he will win his next 15 decisions.

    Jan 3, 1973 - A group of investors‚ headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner‚ purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million.

    Mar 22, 1972 - Nick Mileti‚ owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers‚ heads a group that purchases the Cleveland Indians from Vernon Stouffer for an estimated $9 million. Stouffer had turned down an offer from George Steinbrenner to buy the team‚ but when the AL owners reject his proposal to have the Indians play some of their games in the New Orleans Superdome‚ Stouffer decides to sell the team.

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