Steinbrenner will join just five other people who have monuments -- Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. Monuments are only awarded posthumously and clearly are a high honor -- higher than seeing your number retired for the Yankees or with a plaque adorning Monument Park.
"We know we will always share George's memory with Yankees fans everywhere, and a monument in his honor to be located in Monument Park will reflect the special connection, appreciation and responsibility that George felt for New York Yankees' fans everywhere as they were always uppermost in his mind," the Steinbrenners said in a written statement via MLB.com .
Steinbrenner's monument will be dedicated just before the night's game against the Rays. The choice of opponent is appropriate as Steinbrenner made his home in Tampa, Fla.
Steinbrenner is, of course, best known for taking a down-and-out Yankees team and returning the now-27-time World Champions atop baseball's elite. He passed away July 14 at age 80.-- Evan Brunell
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