The Spirit of the Steinbrenners

July 23, 2011 — The Women’s Issue of Yankees Magazine will be on the shelves on August 8, and the final pieces of the content are being put in place this week.

Last week, Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello, senior editor Kristina Dodge and I traveled to Tampa to capture the images and the words of the issue’s cover subjects — Joan Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Jessica Steinbrenner and Christina Steinbrenner.

The photograph was taken in the owner’s suite at George M. Steinbrenner Field, with the four women assembled around a large New York Yankees top-hat logo that adorns the carpet. That setting was a favorite photo backdrop of our late owner, George M. Steinbrenner.

The baseball diamond and the “George M. Steinbrenner Field” sign are seen in the background of the beautifully lit photo, along with a few giant white clouds dispersed through the mid-afternoon blue sky.

I will be forever grateful to the Steinbrenner family for their support of the first issue of Yankees Magazine dedicated to women.

When I met with Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal to discuss the project a few months ago, she immediately expressed her pride in the fact that the New York Yankees would be the first professional sports organization in the United States to dedicate an issue of their official team publication to women. From that point forward, she has dedicated more time and effort to the project than I could have ever asked for.

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate cover for this groundbreaking issue than the late George Steinbrenner’s wife, his two daughters and his daughter-in-law — four women who have followed the Boss’ example by consistently finding new ways to help others.

For more on the philanthropic work of the Steinbrenner family, check out Dodge’s story in the Women’s Issue titled “The Second Nature of Giving.” In that feature, Dodge will not only detail the charity work of the Steinbrenners, but she will also discuss the work that so many of the Yankees players’ wives do in the community.

While I have promised to keep the cover under wraps — and hence will not be posting it until August 8 — please enjoy the photo below, which Petrozzello took moments after he shot the cover photo. The photo below (from L: Christina Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Joan Steinbrenner and Jessica Steinbrenner) will run as the opening spread in Dodge’s story about the Steinbrenner family.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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