Spending a lifetime in baseball has given legendary manager Lou Piniella the opportunity to compile stories. He shared some of his favorite tales recently as a featured speaker at the 46th annual Hornell Sports Night.
Piniella talked about how important it was to his career to get traded to the New York Yankees. He also recounted the time he met iconic team owner George Steinbrenner.
Piniella recounted a humorous anecdote that he heard from Steinbrenner when he crossed over from the field to the role of Yankees manager.
“He said look, baseball is a sport, there’s no question about it, but it’s a business and it’s also entertainment," said Piniella. "He said when you get out there and you get kicked out, put on a little show for the fans. I guess I took him to heart.”
Piniella was not the only sports dignitary on hand. Ex-baseball star Jose Canseco, Dallas Cowboys great Randy White, retired boxer Butterbean and former wrestler Kurt Angle also participated in the event.
Prior to joining the Yankees, Piniella was the 1969 American League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star with the Kansas City Royals. He went on to win two World Series championships in New York.
Piniella's first managerial gig was with the Yankees before he won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. He spent a decade on the bench with the Seattle Mariners and was a two-time AL Manager of the Year.
Piniella won a third Manager of the Year award in 2008, this time in the National League with the Chicago Cubs. He is a member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame and ranks 16th in baseball history for managerial wins.
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