Standout track star in high school and college. Served as a graduate assistant to legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes while earning his second degree. Assistant football coach at Northwestern University and at Purdue University from 1955 to '57. Encouraged to enter the family business by his father, Henry, a Great Lakes shipping tycoon; later became chairman of the Cleveland-based firm known as the American Shipbuilding Company. First sports investment was that of the Cleveland Pipers, an AAU basketball team of the now-defunct ABL; outbid NBA teams for the rights to future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas. Other early investments include purchasing 11 percent of the Chicago Bulls, buying a thoroughbred-racing stable and making a stake in the Broadway musical Applause. Was close to purchasing the Cleveland Indians when the deal collapsed at the last moment; soon after that he made a bid for the Yankees. Originally bought the Yankees for $10 million in 1973 with other investors. Indicted and found guilty of making illegal campaign contributions to CREEP, Richard Nixon's re-election committee, and served a 15-month suspension from Major League Baseball; later pardoned by then-president Ronald Reagan for the offense. Nicknamed "The Boss" for his overbearing management style; went through 20 different managers during his first 23 seasons with the Yankees. Longest-tenured owner in Yankees history, reigning from 1973 to 2008 and earning 10 American League pennants and six World Series titles. Passed away just days after his 80th birthday due to a heart attack.