In new documents released by the FBI, it reveals former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was an FBI informant in the 80s. The FBI memo released under the Freedom of Information Act says it ”supports the contention that George Steinbrenner has provided the FBI with valuable assistance.” While details of the operations remain top secret, Steinbrenner assisted the FBI under two secruity matter, one involving national security.
In 1974, Steinbrenner was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign. President Ronald Ragan later pardoned him, and the FBI documents now reveal Steinbrenners work with the FBI is the reason why.
This past July, Steinbrenner died of a heart attack at the age of 80, but even after his death the Boss is still larger than life.