Would The Steinbrenners Really Sell The Yankees?

Perhaps we ought to wonder about the merits of a bombshell story when it begins "rumors are flying." But that's the less-than-solid underpinning of the big Daily News report, which owns both front and back covers this morning, that claims the Steinbrenner family could be looking to sell the Yankees. » 5/24/12 10:20am 5/24/12 10:20am

FBI Docs: How George Steinbrenner Helped Kill Off Baseball's Last Real…

On July 30, 1990, MLB commissioner Fay Vincent "banned" George Steinbrenner from baseball and brought a close to one of the more sordid chapters in the sport's history. Steinbrenner had paid $40,000 to Howie Spira, a Bronx gambler with mafia ties, for dirt on Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield, with whom Steinbrenner… » 2/28/12 10:23am 2/28/12 10:23am

Transcripts From The Steinbrenner-Vincent Hearing

On July 5-6, 1990, George Steinbrenner appeared before MLB commissioner Fay Vincent to discuss his association with Bronx gambler Howie Spira, who helped Steinbrenner dig up dirt on Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield. MLB later made a transcript of the hearing public. We've re-transcribed excerpts below. They contain… » 2/28/12 8:00am 2/28/12 8:00am

FBI Docs: The Story Of The 6-Foot-8 Redneck Ex-Con Who Terrorized…

Ah, Tampa. The balmy breeze. The sandy white beaches of acceptable granularity. The lingering fury of the most dyspeptic owner in baseball history. I speak, of course, of George Steinbrenner. Welcome back for another edition of "The Boss Files," our document-driven retrospective of Steinbrenner's life in Tampa in the… » 1/26/12 10:06am 1/26/12 10:06am

FBI Docs: How George Steinbrenner Made An Ass Of The FBI Director

The year was 1989. A group of luminaries had gathered to schmooze aboard the USS Intrepid, the World War II-era aircraft carrier on the west side of Manhattan. Among them: Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and then-FBI director William Sessions. The two men couldn't have been more dissimilar. Steinbrenner was a… » 1/04/12 8:11pm 1/04/12 8:11pm

FBI Docs: The Sad Story Of The FBI Agent Who Was Ordered To Unclog…

On Thursday, we described the FBI's internal investigation into Steinbrenner's curiously close relationship with the bureau's Tampa field office. We will now commence with the presentation of amusements and oddities found in the nearly 700 pages of new Steinbrenner records the FBI turned over to us. » 12/23/11 2:15pm 12/23/11 2:15pm

FBI Docs: George Steinbrenner Thought The FBI Was The "Nearest Thing To…

When we published my October profile of Howie Spira, the gambler who tangled with George Steinbrenner and wound up in prison, I knew the story wasn't over. In the course of my reporting, I'd submitted a few Freedom of Information Act requests to the FBI. These things can take a while for the federales to process. Lots… » 12/22/11 5:25pm 12/22/11 5:25pm

The Howie Spira Audio Archive

At nearly every turn in Howie Spira's tangled and antagonistic history, there was a phone call. And on the phone calls, he had his tape recorder. Howie's cassettes captured his rift with Dave Winfield, his conniving with George Steinbrenner, and his turn against Steinbrenner. They captured threats from the mob. Here's… » 10/26/11 3:46pm 10/26/11 3:46pm

The Last Act Of The Notorious Howie Spira

Howard Spira appeared in the Gawker offices one summer day as if summoned from the beyond, which in some sense he had been. He just stood there, anxiously clutching a black plastic bag, his enormous green eyes sweeping the room. His skin had the hue of a life spent mostly indoors and in poor health. His shoulders were… » 10/26/11 3:45pm 10/26/11 3:45pm

Coming Tomorrow: The (Mostly) True Story Of The Guy Who Got George…

Remember Howie Spira? He sold dirt on Dave Winfield, extorted George Steinbrenner, and got the Yankees owner banned from baseball. The mob wanted to kill Spira. The FBI kept him alive. Now, almost 30 years later, Spira has given us the full story about his role in one of the most shameful events in Yankees history,… » 10/25/11 8:00am 10/25/11 8:00am

American Diplomat Calls Ahmadinejad The "George Steinbrenner Of Iran"

In a State Department document released by Wikileaks, an American diplomat is credited with referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "George Steinbrenner of Iran." The official was referring, of course, to Ahmadinejad's dealings with the country's national soccer team, and his attempt "to use the popularity of Team… » 3/04/11 1:00pm 3/04/11 1:00pm

Steinbrenner's, Miller's Rejections Mean It's Time To Disband The…

George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller had perhaps the biggest impact on the modern era of baseball. Their failing to make the Hall of Fame just shows that the Veterans Committee is full of old farts who don't get/don't like the game today. » 12/06/10 2:45pm 12/06/10 2:45pm

The Steinbrenner Family Doesn't Want You To Know George Had A Heart,…

Let's take some time to think about George Steinbrenner as a sexual being. One who, at 16, was filled with "Pools and Puddles of Purple Passion."
Everyone grossed out? Good. So are the Steinbrenners. » 10/15/10 6:30pm 10/15/10 6:30pm

Sheppard, Steinbrenner, (not) Berra

Woe was the New York Yankees website associate tasked with with writing the "Berra misses Old-Timer's Day after fall" release today after a week of franchise death notices. » 7/17/10 4:00pm 7/17/10 4:00pm

Breaking: Man Customizes Replica Jersey To Make Lewd Joke

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 7/16/10 9:45am 7/16/10 9:45am

Brett Favre's Daughter Is Not Amused By The ESPYs

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 7/15/10 9:45am 7/15/10 9:45am

Keep Your Steinbrenner Hagiographies Off Jimmy Breslin's Lawn

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 7/14/10 9:45am 7/14/10 9:45am

Who's The Boss: The Greatest Hits Of George Steinbrenner

Steinbrenner's been out of the public eye for a few years, but we'll always have the memories — memories of one insane move or proclamation after another. Here's a look at some of his finest moments. » 7/13/10 12:05pm 7/13/10 12:05pm