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George Steinbrenner, the mercurial owner of New York Yankees baseball team, passed away this morning at the age of 80. Through his reign as owner of the Bronx Bombers since 1973, Steinbrenner created a baseball dynasty like no other. Valued around $1.6 billion dollars, it gathered 11 pennant wins and 7 World Series titles, including the most recent one in 2009. However, it was Steinbrenner's temperament, from his firing of managers to criticism of his players, which made him one most controversial figure in the sport. It also earned him the title "The Boss" and rightfully so since Steinbrenner insist of a hands-on approach of his team. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his sons Hal and Hank, his daughters Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Jessica Steinbrenner and grandchildren. Hal and Hank Steinbrenner handled most of the day to day operation since 2007 and will assume ownership to the Yankees empire.