November 18, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — George M. Steinbrenner III, principal owner of the ’98 World Champion New York Yankees baseball club, will serve as guest speaker for the 79th annual University of Notre Dame Football Banquet.
The banquet, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, will be held on Friday, December 4, 1998, in the north dome of the Joyce Center on the Notre Dame campus. A reception on the concourse begins at 5:45 p.m. EST and the dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.
The program will include a special tribute to senior members of the 1998 Irish squad.
Tickets are $33 each and are available at the Joyce Center ticket window or by phone (VISA or Mastercard) by calling 219-631-7356. Tickets also are available by mail. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame Football Banquet and should be mailed to Ticket Office, Joyce Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Tickets will be mailed approximately one week prior to the banquet. Any questions should be directed to the Notre Dame athletic department at 219-631-6107.
In addition to the dinner, all senior members of the ’98 Irish team will be available for autographs on the concourse during the reception. There will be a silent auction of Notre Dame football photographs and memorabilia during the reception.
Steinbrenner put together the group that purchased the Yankees in 1973 from CBS. Yankee teams under his direction claimed World Series titles in 1977, 1978, 1996 and 1998, claimed additional American League pennants in ’76 and ’81, won East Division titles in ’80 and ’94 — and won more games in the 1980s than any other team in major league baseball.
Streinbrenner was a multi-sport athlete at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., and at Williams College. He served as an assistant football coach at both Northwestern and Purdue and put together championship teams in both the National Industrial and American Basketball Leagues.
A recipient of four honorary degrees, he has served as chairman of the Olympic Overview Commission, created to evaluate the structure and efforts of the United States Olympic program and is a vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.