The New York Yankees have received some sad news today as one of their co-owners from the Steinbrenner family has passed away. Co-owner, Hank Steinbrenner has passed away at the age of sixty-three years old. Steinbrenner was battling an illness, and after a long battle, he passed away. It was noted that this health issue was unrelated to COVID-19, which is all the talk in the news.
Hank Steinbrenner had turned 63 earlier this month. I was told he died at home in Clearwater after a long illness that was not Covid-19 related, according to sources.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 14, 2020
The New York Yankees mourn the passing of General Partner and Co-Chairperson Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner. pic.twitter.com/rL07EUHirS
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 14, 2020
When his father was ill, Hank was in line to run the organization, but in reality, his brother Hal also worked with him and would ultimately take the cake and become the frontman. However, Hank played a significant role in running the team while his father was ill, is incredibly valuable to the operations of the Yankees front office at the time.
Hank is the eldest of four children who have controlling shares in the Yankees organization. MLB Network Insider Joel Sherman noted that Hank was most like his father among the Steinbrenner children in terms of his demeanor in running a ball club. It is sad news coming about a week after the baseball world suffered the loss of Al Kaline, who passed away.