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When the Yankees honored him with a special day after his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1987, the club gave him a Cartier tray inscribed with his name and the tribute that he "taught a new generation of Yankees how to win."
Steinbrenner always claimed the $3 million he gave Hunter was the best money he ever spent. Hunter was "the rock," Steinbrenner said, on which the Yankees built all their future championships.
In that way, Hunter was very much like Gehrig, possessed of innate leadership and an inner strength that will surely be tested by a relentless and unforgiving disease.