Yankees Co-Owner Hank Steinbrenner Dies

By Ben Hamill - April 16 2020

Yankees Co-Owner Hank Steinbrenner Dies

Henry “Hank” Steinbrenner, who co-owns the New York Yankees, has died. He was only 63. The official reason provided by the team was that of his having suffered from a longstanding illness. Hank and brother Hal Steinbrenner took over ownership of the Yankees back in 2010 following the passing of their father and former owner of the team, George Steinbrenner, who had purchased the team into the family name in 1973.

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Hank was well-known for his hard-drive demeanour and outspokenness, a trait he had inherited from his late father. He was the man in line to run the team after his late father’s passing and ensured that the wheels kept turning at the time of his father’s illness and death. But brother Hal over time came more prominently to the fore until he eventually became the face of the New York Yankees, with Hank guiding from behind the scenes.

Forever Driving The Bargain

Hank truly did drive a very hard bargain and saw no reason to hold back on an opinion when tricky situations arose. In 2011 he famously told reporters that the problem with Yankees players was that they were too busy building their mansions and empires to bother concentrating on actually winning. This was shortly after their 2010 attempt at a title defend.

He was a firm critic of communism and socialism and believed in the system having at all times the final “say so”. He however adopted a less active role in recent years and had focused instead on other endeavours outside of the MLB, one of which had been forming Steinbrenner Racing with son George Michael IV under the official brand of the family name.

Firm But Fair

But aside from his firm outer demeanor and fearless habit of speaking what was on his mind regarding whatever issue or challenge, he’s also widely described as a fair and genuine and gentile. He approached challenges resolve but would oftentimes take off the edge with his light-hearted way of easing tension and adding balance to a conversation.

According to a statement issued by his family, Hank Steinbrenner set a true example of what a life lived at maximum capacity looked like, but at the same time a life lived following personal passions and in comfort and with ease.

He Remained At The Helm

Even though Steinbrenner had operated very much in the back-office in recent years, with his brother Hal out front, he remained involved in all player recruitments, negotiations and re-negotiations. He oversaw the day-to-day running of the club’s business endeavours as well as all baseball-related operations.

Steinbrenner was at the time of his death involved in his 13th season as general partner of the Yankees franchise, and in his 11th season as co-chairman of the team. He is described as a loving father, brother and grandfather. Hank Steinbrenner is survived by children George Michael IV, John, Julia and Jacqueline, as well as by his brother and his two sisters, Jessica Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and lastly his granddaughter, Anabel.


How old was Hank Steinbrenner?

63 years old. (born April 2, 1957)

When did Hank Steinbrenner die?

Tuesday morning, the 14th April 2020.

Where did Hank Steinbrenner die?

At home in Clearwater, Florida.

What did Hank Steinbrenner die of?

A longstanding medical condition.

When did Hank Steinbrenner take ownership of the Yankees?

In 2010.

What was Hank Steinbrenner’s first name?

His real name was Henry, but he was called Hank by friends, family and business associates.

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