I had glorious childhood summers. I played a lot of tennis, which gave me discipline. For the first time, I experienced the thrill of winning a championship. Then I made the transition to a team sport--softball. By the summer of 1954, when I was 13, the softball team began to shape my sense of self. I played with the West Boulevard Annie Oakleys in the Pigtail League in Cleveland, Ohio. The positive attitude of the coaches--one of whom was George Steinbrenner, then a graduate student--made all the difference: they decided we could win a championship. They also taught us there were...

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