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Hank Steinbrenner Knows How to Treat His Fellow man

Hank Steinbrenner is one of the most interesting individuals that you will ever meet in the world of professional sports.

Forget about the fact that he is George Steinbrenner’s eldest son and co-chairman of the New York Yankees. He is an individual who cares about others.

One particular example of his generosity comes to mind. On 9/11 fire captain Ron Boyce nearly made the ultimate sacrifice in saving countless lives. In that process, he fractured his vertebrae and lost his right eye.

Ron, a Florida resident, just recently celebrated his birthday, and his greatest wish was to go to a Yankee game. When he arrived at the Stadium, there was a mix up in his tickets. When Hank Steinbrenner learned of the issue, not only did he make sure that Ron had tickets, he also made sure that Ron Boyce and his party were able to watch batting practice from the field.

And not only did he get to go on the field, Hank also made sure that Mr. October spent time with Ron and his party. “I can’t believe that Hank, who doesn’t know me from Adam, would take the time to make sure that I was taken care of at the House that George Built. I am eternally grateful to Hank and his family for caring for people like me,” said Boyce.

Being a 9/11 first responder is not Boyce’s only good deed. Boyce is also part of a charity called Greatest Saves which protects kids from abduction and sexual trafficking. Jim Leyritz, who hit one of the most famous home runs in Yankee history, is also a member of the Greatest Saves and volunteers countless hours helping that foundation.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers.” For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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