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Mr. Steinbrenner’s health had been in decline for years and he rarely appeared in public. He fainted in 2006 while watching a granddaughter perform in a play in Chapel Hill, N.C., and was hospitalized overnight. Mr. Steinbrenner had difficulty walking when seen in public after that.

His last appearance at the new Yankee Stadium was for the 2010 home opener, when manager Joe Girardi and Jeter went up to Mr. Steinbrenner’s suite to present him with his 2009 World Series championship ring. He attended the opening game at the new stadium in April 2009, sitting in his suite with his wife, Joan. Mr. Steinbrenner was introduced and received an emotional ovation.

In 2007, Mr. Steinbrenner handed over day-to-day control to his sons, Hank and Hal. Hal Steinbrenner was given control of the team in November 2008 in a unanimous vote by the major league club owners, who acted according to his father’s request.

In addition to his sons, Mr. Steinbrenner is survived by his wife, daughters Jennifer and Jessica and 13 grandchildren. A private funeral was planned.

The bombastic Mr. Steinbrenner bought the Yankees from CBS in 1973 for $10 million, a substantial price at the time. Upon his arrival in New York, he claimed that he would “not be active in the day-to-day operations of the club at all.” Having made his money as head of the American Shipbuilding Co., based in Cleveland, he declared, “I’ll stick to building ships.”

That statement, of course, would prove to be bogus.

Just four months after Mr. Steinbrenner took ownership, Michael Burke, who had been running the Yankees for CBS and had stayed on to help manage the franchise, quit after butting heads with Mr. Steinbrenner. According to the New York Times, John McMullen, a minority owner in the syndicate, soon remarked that “nothing is as limited as being a limited partner of George‘s.”

He was twice banned from involvement in professional baseball: once for paying gambler Howard Spira to “dig up dirt” on Mr. Winfield, and another time because of an indictment involving illegal contributions to a campaign fund for President Nixon.

“I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful,” Mr. Steinbrenner said in 2005. “But I know that I have tried.”

Yet amid the bluster and tension during his time as owner of the Yankees, Mr. Steinbrenner also exhibited a sensitive side.

Occasionally he would read about high school athletes who had been injured and he would send them money to go to college. He paid for the medical school expenses of Ron Karnaugh after the swimmer’s father died during the opening ceremony at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.