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Funeral plans were still in formation, with a private ceremony possible Saturday in Tampa or Ocala, where the family has a horse farm.
Public memorial services were under discussion for Tampa when the Yankees play there from July 30-Aug. 1 and for New York, with plans to be announced next week.
Tributes were planned for Friday and Saturday at Yankee Stadium for Steinbrenner and longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday at 99. Many former Yankees will be at the ballpark on Saturday for Old-Timers Day.
"The last two days have been filled with great emotion and personal reflection," Reggie Jackson said in a statement released by the Yankees. "The relationship I shared with The Boss is one that both heartens and comforts me during this difficult time. He meant so much to so many people, and I will always cherish him as a leader, a winner, and a friend. ... I am taking this time to reflect on the enormous and lasting imprint he made within the game of baseball, throughout the Yankees organization, and in my life."
For many, it is hard to image the pinstripes without Steinbrenner overseeing them with his unique mix of demands for excellence and unrestrained bluster.
"He will go down as one of the greatest owners in the history of baseball, and all of sports. No one wanted to win more than Mr. Steinbrenner," former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams said. "I always knew I had to be at the very top of my game to meet the high expectations he set. He made me a better baseball player -- and for that, I will be forever grateful to him."
In Washington, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday night introduced by members from New York and Florida commemorating Steinbrenner's life and work.
"George Steinbrenner was larger than life, and he was a winner," New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand said. "His single-minded drive in the pursuit of excellence brought pride and glory to the Yankees franchise and all of New York City."
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