He was an alum of my HS. Even dedicated a multimillion dollar fitness center when I was there. I met him a couple times while there, and at alumni functions. He was a great guy, and always happy to talk with a fellow alum. I didn't care one way or another about his baseball policies. If you wore the ring, you were family to him.

RIP, Big Guy.

NEW YORK He was baseball's bombastic Boss. He rebuilt the New York Yankees dynasty with sky-high payrolls and accepted nothing less than World Series championships. He fired managers. Rehired them. And fired them again.

He butted heads with commissioners and fellow owners, insulted his players and dominated tabloid headlines even upstaging the All-Star game on the day of his death.

George Michael Steinbrenner III, who both inspired and terrorized the Yankees in more than three decades as owner, died Tuesday of a heart attack at age 80.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dead at 80 - Yahoo! News