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In a Thursday, March 27, 2008, photo, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner (right) slaps hands with his son Hal before a pregame ceremony renaming Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., as George M. Steinbrenner Field. A person close to George Steinbrenner says the Yankees owner died Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Photo by: Kathy Willens
In a Thursday, March 27, 2008, photo, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner (right) slaps hands with his son Hal before a pregame ceremony renaming Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., as George M. Steinbrenner Field. A person close to George Steinbrenner says the Yankees owner died Tuesday morning, July 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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