Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Remembering George Steinbrenner, The Character

Yesterday legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away at the age of 80 after a massive heart attack.

Steinbrenner always cut a controversial figure and made his decisions weren’t always popular but he helped forge the Yankees into the Baseball super-power they are today.

Steinbrenner’s infamy transcended Baseball and he became a pop culture icon; not least thanks to the George Steinbrenner character that was introduced on Seinfeld when the boss’ namesake George Costanza (Jason Alexander) went to work for the Yankees.

The Steinbrenner Seinfeld character only ever appeared in silhouette or from behind and was voice by the then relatively unknown Larry David. Steinbrenner himself never appeared in a broadcast episode of the show but supposedly responded well to his character and did film a couple of scenes that were ultimately cut.

In a show that was full of eccentric characters, especially those that employed the principal characters of George, Kramer, Elaine and to a lesser extent Jerry, Steinbrenner was always one of my favourites.

Those more knowledgeable about MLB will no doubt eulogise Steinbrenner the man better than I ever could, so here I’d like to remember Steinbrenner the character.

Someone has been brilliant enough to upload two videos compiling all of Steinbrenner’s Seinfeld moments on to Youtube and you can view them both via the links after the jump.

My personal favourites are from the classic episode ‘The Calzone’.


Steinbrenner - Seinfeld (Part 1)

Steinbrenner - Seinfeld (Part 2)


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