The Village Voice’s Allen Barra spoke with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns at the George Steinbrener monument unveiling last week:
Barra: Are you here, we asked Burns, because you’re an admirer of The Boss?
Burns: Oh, puh-leese, [Burns shot back.] Springsteen is The Boss. Steinbrenner was Darth Vader.
Barra: But what about his transformation of the Yankees from a second-division, second-rate organization to a world champion, multibillion-dollar corporation.
Burns: Give me a break. Steinbrenner is the guy who woke up at third base and thought he hit a triple. It’s amazing how all this guy’s sleaze is suddenly forgotten. Who else would have hired a shady gambler [Howie Spira, pictured above] to follow one of his players around just to get dirt on them? (As Steinbrenner did to Dave Winfield.)
Barra added: Well, I wanted to reply, how about previous Yankee owners who hired private detectives to follow Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin around — but I let that one pass.
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h/t CantStopTheBleeding for the link and the Spira pic
Ken Burns’ “The Tenth Inning” Tuesday and Wednesday night on PBS
The Endy Chavez catch is in this trailer.