'The Boss' made Yankees a dictatorship

Updated: July 13, 2010, 3:26 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: This article was part of ESPN's SportsCentury series in 2000. It is being republished here.

"If things go right, they're his team. If things go wrong, they're your team. His favorite line is, 'I will never have a heart attack. I give them.' " -- Former Yankees general manager Bob Watson about George Steinbrenner on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

George Steinbrenner, who bought the Yankees in 1973, is the most prominent owner in sports.

He ...

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