Highlights Of George Steinbrenner's Career As Owner Of The New York Yankees

Jan. 3, 1973 - Heads group that purchases Yankees from CBS Inc.

Sept. 30, 1973 - Manager Ralph Houk resigns, the first of 20 managerial changes under Steinbrenner through 1995.

Aug. 30, 1974 - Fined $15,000 by U.S. District Court in Cleveland following guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to make illegal campaign contributions. Is suspended on Nov. 27 by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn for two years because of guilty plea.

Dec. 31, 1974 - Yankees sign free-agent pitcher Catfish Hunter to $3.75 million, five-year contract.

Aug. 1, 1975 - Billy Martin hired as Yankees manager for the first of what would turn out to be five stints as manager running through 1988.

March 1, 1976 - Steinbrenner suspension lifted after 15 months because of good behavior.

Oct. 14, 1976 - Yankees win their first pennant since 1964.

Nov. 29, 1976 - Yankees sign free-agent outfielder Reggie Jackson to $3 million, five-year contract.

Oct. 18, 1977 - Yankees win their first World Series since 1962.

Nov. 11, 1979 - Steinbrenner fined $5,000 by Kuhn for tampering with California Angels slugger Brian Downing.

June 26, 1980 - Reprimanded by Kuhn for tampering with free-agent amateur player Billy Cannon Jr.

Dec. 15, 1980 - Yankees sign free-agent outfielder Dave Winfield to a 10-year contract that would turn out to be worth just over $17 million. Frustrated by Winfield's performance, Steinbrenner would call him "Mr. May" in September 1985.

April 21, 1981 - Orders 50,000 copies of the team yearbook taken off Yankee Stadium concession stands when he dislikes his picture in it.

Oct. 25, 1981 - Breaks hand in Los Angeles after the Yankees lose fifth game of the World Series to the Dodgers; says he was attacked by two fans in a hotel elevator.

Oct. 28, 1981 - Issues apology to Yankees fans after the Dodgers beat New York to win the World Series in six games.

July 3, 1983 - Fined $5,000 by Kuhn for remarks about Chicago White Sox co-owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

April 19, 1983 - Fined $50,000 by Kuhn for remarks during March 25 exhibition game questioning the integrity of National League umpires in general and Lee Weyer specifically.

May 31, 1983 - Suspended for one week (June 3 to 9) by American League president Lee MacPhail for statements made May 27 questioning the integrity of umpires Darryl Cousins and John Shulock.