Timeline of Steinbrenner's ownership

Timeline of Steinbrenner's ownership

A look at George M. Steinbrenner's career as owner of the New York Yankees:

Jan. 3, 1973: With minority partner E. Michael Burke and a group of investors, George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees from CBS for approximately $10 million.

Sept. 30, 1973: Steinbrenner makes the first of 20 managerial changes in his first 23 seasons at the helm of the Yankees when Ralph Houk resigns. Houk had not made the playoffs in eight seasons during his second stint with New York, and he was eventually replaced by Bill Virdon.

August 30, 1974:: Steinbrenner is fined $15,000 by the U.S. District Court in Cleveland after he pleads guilty to one count of conspiracy to make illegal campaign contributions to President Richard M. Nixon.

Nov. 27, 1974: He is suspended for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his guilty plea.

August 1, 1975: Billy Martin is hired as manager for the first time.

March 1, 1976: Steinbrenner's suspension is lifted after 15 months following good behavior.

Nov. 29, 1976: After winning their first pennant since 1964 but falling to Cincinnati in the World Series, the Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $3 million contract.

Oct. 18, 1977: Jackson hits three home runs in Game 6 against the Dodgers, lifting the Yankees to their first championship since 1962. It is the first of Steinbrenner's eventual seven titles.

Nov. 11, 1979: Steinbrenner is fined $5,000 by Kuhn for tampering with the Angels' Brian Downing. He would be chastised by Kuhn again the following June for tampering with amateur Billy Cannon Jr.

Dec. 15, 1980: Steinbrenner inks outfielder Dave Winfield to a 10-year contract that would turn out to be worth just over $17 million. It is the start of a tempestuous relationship between the owner and the future Hall of Famer.

Oct. 28, 1981: Steinbrenner publicly apologizes to Yankees fans for losing the World Series to the Dodgers. This comes days after the owner allegedly broke his hand in a fight with Dodgers fans in Los Angeles after L.A.'s Game 5 victory.

Dec. 23, 1983: Kuhn fines Steinbrenner $250,000 for his comments and actions regarding the infamous Pine Tar Game. It is the third fine levied to Steinbrenner during the 1983 season -- the other two were for comments about White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and umpire Lee Weyer. He was also suspended in June 1983 for questioning the integrity of umpires Darryl Cousins and John Shulock.

April 28, 1985: Steinbrenner sends advisor Clyde King to inform Yogi Berra that he was fired as the team's manager after a 6-10 start to the season. Berra is replaced by Billy Martin, who begins his fourth stint as the Yankees' skipper.

June 22, 1988: Martin manages his final game under Steinbrenner, a 3-2, 10-inning loss in Detroit.

July 5, 1990: Steinbrenner is fined $200,000 by Commissioner Fay Vincent for tampering with the May trade of Winfield to the Angels.

July 30, 1990: Vincent declares that Steinbrenner must resign as a general partner by Aug. 20 for his dealings with Howard Spira, a small-time gambler the owner hired to dig up dirt on Winfield.

March 1, 1993: Steinbrenner is reinstated and allowed to return to active control of the Yankees.

Oct. 26, 1996: The Yankees win their first World Series in 18 seasons by upsetting the defending champion Atlanta Braves in six games. Starting in 1996, the Yankees claim the American League pennant in six of eight seasons and the World Series in four of the next five.

Jan. 5, 1999: Steinbrenner patches up his 14-year feud with Yogi Berra. On July 18 of that season, the team holds Yogi Berra Day, with Berra catching the first pitch from Don Larsen. David Cone caps it off with his own perfect game, the third in franchise history.

March 19,2002: The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, or YES, launches.

Dec. 27, 2003: Steinbrenner faints at the memorial service for Otto Graham, the longtime quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. He would again faint three years later while watching his granddaughter in a play.

August 16, 2006: Steinbrenner helps break ground for the new Yankee Stadium.

Nov. 20, 2008: Steinbrenner's son, Hal, assumes the mantle of controlling owner from his father.

April 16, 2009: Steinbrenner attends the grand opening of the new Yankee Stadium, sometimes colloquially known as "The House That George Built."

Nov. 4, 2009: The Yankees defeat the Phillies, 7-3, in Game 6 to claim their 27th championship and seventh under Steinbrenner's ownership. During the trophy presentation, both Commissioner Bud Selig and Hal Steinbrenner proclaim that "this one's for you."

April 13, 2010: Steinbrenner attends the Yankees' home opener against the Angels, receiving his World Series ring personally from manager Joe Girardi and captain Derek Jeter. It is the last game he attends.

July 13, 2010: Steinbrenner passes away in Tampa, Fla. He was 80 years old.