Word this morning is that George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees baseball club, has died at age 80. Steinbrenner was a polarizing figure in the world of baseball, and sports in general. But love him or hate him, no one can deny his influence on professional athletics and in building a championship franchise.

Several books in the Lulu catalog chronicle Steinbrenner’s life and team. There’s Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball written by award-winning sportswriter Bill Madden. It “traces Steinbrenner from his early days in Cleveland and through his years as a shipping magnate, a Nixon fundraiser, and a champion horse breeder to the fateful moment when he bought the Yankees, even though his father disparaged Steinbrenner’s desire to own a professional sports team as a ‘hobby.’ ”

The Pride and the Pressure, by New York Post writer Michael Morrissey, goes behind the scenes of the 2006 season, which the Yankees began with baseball’s highest payroll and huge expectations. The book shows “what really goes on behind the hype, the media glare and the roar of fans,” starting at the top with Steinbrenner.

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness tracks the Yankees through six years around the turn of the millennium, when the club seemed an almost unstoppable force. But during that time “baseball Yankee-style was also an almost unbearable pressure cooker of anxiety, expectation and infighting” for the players and coaches.

Grasping the Ring: Nine Unique Winners in Life and Sports offers biographical sketches of leaders including Steinbrenner, media magnate Al Neuharth and politician Bob Dole. 101 Reasons to Love the Yankees explores the history of the franchise through photos, baseball cards, trivia, sports lore and memorabilia.

If you’re a Red Sox fan you probably can’t find one reason to love the Yankees, much less 101. So if you’re interested in other reads about baseball, check out our full collection of baseball books.