Yankees unveil monument to George Steinbrenner

(AP) - George Steinbrenner is now truly the biggest ofthe Yankees greats - as measured in Monument Park. The colorful and combative owner was honored with the largesttribute in the team's storied area of remembrance behind thecenter-field fence. His monument was unveiled during a solemnceremony Monday night attended by many of the stars he had feudedwith and fawned over during his 37½-year tenure. Former manager Joe Torre came to Steinbrenner's $1.6 billion newYankee Stadium for the first time, as did former captain DonMattingly, and Torre reconciled with general manager Brian Cashman.Steinbrenner's daughters had tears in their eyes and his widow Joanunveiled the foot monument after being accompanied from home platein a golf cart by baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Steinbrenner's monument is in center field behind a quintet ofthose honoring manager Miller Huggins (unveiled in 1932), LouGehrig (1941), Babe Ruth (1949), Mickey Mantle (1996) and JoeDiMaggio (1999). The other monument, to the victims and rescueworkers of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is on theleft-field side of the area. "A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever,"the monument reads. "He was considered the most influential ownerin all of sports. In 37 years as principal owner, the Yankeesposted a major league-best .566 winning percentage, while winning11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles, becomingthe most recognizable sports brand in the world. "A devoted sportsman, he was vice president of the UnitedStates Olympic Committee, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame'sboard of directors and a member of the NCAA Foundation board oftrustees. A great philanthropist whose charitable efforts weremostly performed without fanfare, he followed a personal motto ofthe greatest form of charity is anonymity." The entire team joined retired greats Yogi Berra and ReggieJackson in the bullpen.

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