Hank Steinbrenner, the oldest son of George Steinbrenner and one of the four siblings who own the controlling shares of the New York Yankees, died Tuesday at age 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.
Hank had hoped to succeed his father as the team’s controlling owner, but brother Hal was put in charge in November 2008. George Steinbrenner died in July 2010 and wife, Joan, died in December 2018. While Hank was in his 13th season as a general partner and 11th as co-chair, he did not appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years. Still, Hal said he consulted Hank and sisters Jessica and Jennifer on all major decisions.
The team’s statement said he was responsible for overseeing all areas of the club’s business and baseball operations, including involvement in contract negotiations and the club’s overall strategy.
Hank Steinbrenner is survived by daughters Jacqueline and Julia, sons George Michael IV and John, granddaughter Anabel, and his three siblings.
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