Statement from the New York Yankees Re: The Passing of Mel Southard

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mel Southard earlier today.  He was a trusted advisor to Mr. Steinbrenner and a friend to countless others during his tenure with the organization.  The Yankees extend their sympathies and thoughts to the family and friends of Mr. Southard during this difficult time.”

Mr. Southard served as the Yankees’ Vice President and General Counsel from 1982-86.  From 1996-2002, he was the Commissioner and Chairman for the New York State Athletic Commission.