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Private service held for Yankees' Steinbrenner

By the CNN Wire Staff
George Steinbrenner served as principal owner of the Yankees since 1973.
George Steinbrenner served as principal owner of the Yankees since 1973.
  • George M. Steinbrenner III is buried after a private service
  • The Yankees owner died in Tampa on Tuesday at age 80
  • Public memorials will be held at a later date

(CNN) -- Legendary New York Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner III was laid to rest in a mausoleum following a private service Saturday in Trinity, Florida.

Family and friends attended the service at Trinity Memorial Gardens, about 30 miles north of the Tampa home where Steinbrenner, 80, died Tuesday.

The Florida services followed Friday night's tribute at Yankee Stadium to Steinbrenner and longtime announcer Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday at age 99.

Pitcher Mariano Rivera placed two red roses on home plate. Flags were at half-staff as the organization held a moment of silence and played a video tribute to Steinbrenner before the scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays. A bugler played "Taps" following the moment of silence.

Steinbrenner is survived by his wife, Joan; sisters Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm; children Hank, Hal, Jennifer and Jessica; and his grandchildren.

Public services are expected to be held later at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa and in New York, probably at Yankee Stadium.

Since Steinbrenner became the principal owner in 1973, the Yankees have won seven World Series.