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The mausoleum containing the remains of former New York Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner is shown Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Trinity, Fla.  A series of 19 letters Steinbrenner wrote from 1949-51 to Mary Jane Elster _ her maiden name _ reveal many of the traits the baseball world grew to know during his tumultuous reign as Yankees owner from 1973 until his death in July at age 80.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Photo by: Chris O'Meara
The mausoleum containing the remains of former New York Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner is shown Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Trinity, Fla. A series of 19 letters Steinbrenner wrote from 1949-51 to Mary Jane Elster _ her maiden name _ reveal many of the traits the baseball world grew to know during his tumultuous reign as Yankees owner from 1973 until his death in July at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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