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Top 48 George Steinbrenner Quotes (BASEBALL)

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“Surround yourself with amazingly intelligent men and women. The people I work with not only are smarter than I am, possessing both intellectual and emotional intelligence, but also share my determination to succeed. I will not make an important decision without them.”

George Steinbrenner
Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.
Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.
I'm not a meddling owner. I'm just a man who wants to win.
I’m not a meddling owner. I’m just a man who wants to win.
I don't want to be remembered as a showboat; I want to be remembered as a champion.
I don’t want to be remembered as a showboat; I want to be remembered as a champion.
Loyalty and friendship, that's what it is all about. If you can't find them within yourself, you'll never find them in others.
Loyalty and friendship, that’s what it is all about. If you can’t find them within yourself, you’ll never find them in others.
You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him.
Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him.
I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always been successful - but I know that I have tried.
I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful – but I know that I have tried.
We'll never have all the answers, but at least we know the questions.
We’ll never have all the answers, but at least we know the questions.
I'm not a win at all costs guy. Winning isn't everything. It's second to breathing.
I’m not a win at all costs guy. Winning isn’t everything. It’s second to breathing.

8 George Steinbrenner Quotes on Baseball and Winning

“Is it in the best interest of baseball to sell beer in the ninth inning? Probably not. The rule has got to be more clearly defined. And then some process should be set up where the judge is not also the appeals judge.”

George Steinbrenner
There is nothing greater than the joy of hitting a home run, except perhaps the joy of hitting two home runs.
There is nothing greater than the joy of hitting a home run, except perhaps the joy of hitting two home runs.
Second place is really the first loser.
Second place is really the first loser.
Winning was everything. I don’t care what they tell you.
Winning was everything. I don’t care what they tell you.
He's the leader on this team, I know when Baltimore let us have him, they thought they were giving us a problem. I'll take problems like that anytime.
He’s the leader on this team, I know when Baltimore let us have him, they thought they were giving us a problem. I’ll take problems like that anytime.
You guys don't want it bad enough. You're not giving 100 percent. You guys are Yankees and you have to play like Yankees.
You guys don’t want it bad enough. You’re not giving 100 percent. You guys are Yankees and you have to play like Yankees.
I'm not going to let this continue much longer. I can't afford to be patient. I'll get involved, and you know what happens when I get involved.
I’m not going to let this continue much longer. I can’t afford to be patient. I’ll get involved, and you know what happens when I get involved.
If my players don't start producing there'll be more fireworks around here by the Fourth of July than anyone can imagine.
If my players don’t start producing there’ll be more fireworks around here by the Fourth of July than anyone can imagine.

6 Inspirational George Steinbrenner Quotes on Life & Success

“My best and worst boss was the same man – my father. He never – and I mean never – took ‘I can’t’ for an answer. He taught me the value system that, to this day, I have continued to practice.”

George Steinbrenner
I can never give up. I don't believe in it.
I can never give up. I don’t believe in it.
When you're entrusted with a tradition, you've got to protect it.
When you’re entrusted with a tradition, you’ve got to protect it.
I don't think it's healthy to keep looking back. Otherwise, you tend to look over your shoulder, and it keeps you from looking ahead.
I don’t think it’s healthy to keep looking back. Otherwise, you tend to look over your shoulder, and it keeps you from looking ahead.
To be successful, you must think of yourself as being successful.
To be successful, you must think of yourself as being successful.
I am tough. Sometimes I'm unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.
I am tough. Sometimes I’m unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.

12 George Steinbrenner Quotes About Being an Owner

“I used to be very hands-on, but lately I’ve been more hands-off and I plan to become more hands-on and less hands-off and hope that hands-on will become better than hands-off, the way hands-on used to be.”

George Steinbrenner
We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. That's our policy. It's always been our policy.
We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. That’s our policy. It’s always been our policy.
I don't want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don't think owners should be.
I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think owners should be.
This is the greatest city [New York] in the world, and its people are the greatest people in the world. And I just hope they like me.
This is the greatest city [New York] in the world, and its people are the greatest people in the world. And I just hope they like me.

“Don’t talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what’s good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.”

George Steinbrenner
I wouldn't sell the Yankees for anything. Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa. You don't sell it.
I wouldn’t sell the Yankees for anything. Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa. You don’t sell it.
I was often misquoted. I was supportive of my managers, even though they all may not think so.
I was often misquoted. I was supportive of my managers, even though they all may not think so.
I'm like a fan. I live with the Yankees and I die with the Yankees.
I’m like a fan. I live with the Yankees and I die with the Yankees.

“The name Derek Jeter is made for stardom. He’s got an infectious smile, and he’s so handsome and well-behaved. He’s just a fine young man who does everything right. He’s like Jack Armstrong and Frank Merriwell, guys I grew up rooting for. Some guys come along who just measure up.”

George Steinbrenner
I don't want to run anything in Boston; I want to own it.
I don’t want to run anything in Boston; I want to own it.
The day I don't want to win for New York, that's the day I better get the hell out of the business.
The day I don’t want to win for New York, that’s the day I better get the hell out of the business.
I'm not getting my money's worth. We'll practice and practice until we get it right.
I’m not getting my money‘s worth. We’ll practice and practice until we get it right.

12 George Steinbrenner Quotes that will Make You Think

“People keep coming up to me and asking, ‘How does it feel to be banned for life?’ Banned for life. I wasn’t banned for life. There was never a word of suspension, probation or ban in that agreement. It was never meant to be part of it.”

George Steinbrenner
It's okay for me to criticize my players because I sign the paychecks.
It’s okay for me to criticize my players because I sign the paychecks.
I don't think that anybody should be suspended for life for anything, other than murder. How is it helping someone to say, 'You're done forever, your life's over'
I don’t think that anybody should be suspended for life for anything, other than murder. How is it helping someone to say, ‘You’re done forever, your life’s over’?
I will never have a heart attack. I give them.
I will never have a heart attack. I give them.
I guess heaven needed a shortstop.
I guess heaven needed a shortstop.
As I have said many times - my father was a great fan of Bill Dickey's and he certainly loved the Yankees. I hope that he would be pleased.
As I have said many times – my father was a great fan of Bill Dickey’s and he certainly loved the Yankees. I hope that he would be pleased.

“From 1973 to 1982 I ate the exact same lunch everyday. Turkey chili in a bowl made out of bread. Bread bowl George. First you eat the chili then you eat the bowl. There’s nothing more satisfying than looking down after lunch and seeing nothing but a table.”

George Steinbrenner
I've never been one to pass the buck. Everything stops with me.
I’ve never been one to pass the buck. Everything stops with me.
I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch.
I’m really 95 percent Mr. Rogers and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch.
But why shouldn't I speak out Don't you speak out in this country
But why shouldn’t I speak out? Don’t you speak out in this country?
In the end, I'll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.
In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.
I don't like to hurt people. Sometimes I just... well, I guess I can't help it.
I don’t like to hurt people. Sometimes I just… well, I guess I can’t help it.

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