By George A. King III and Joel Sherman
Hank Steinbrenner, general partner and co-chairman of the Yankees, died early Tuesday morning due to a lengthy illness at his Clearwater, Fla., residence surrounded by family members. He was 63.
According to a source, the cause of death was not COVID-19.
Steinbrenner was in his 13th year as general partner and 11th as co-chairman.
Steinbrenner was the oldest son of George and Joan Steinbrenner. His brother Hal is the Yankees’ managing general partner and co-chairman. Sisters Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Jessica Steinbrenner are general partners and vice chairs.
With George Steinbrenner’s health failing in the late 2000s, Hank Steinbrenner took on a more active role and displayed a resemblance to his father’s bold approach to running the club. George Steinbrenner, legendary for feuds including with his own managers, died in 2010.
In recent years Hank Steinbrenner hasn’t been seen around the Yankees much and heard from less as the more reserved Hal Steinbrenner moved to the forefront of the operation, serving as the public face of the Yankees and representing the club at owner meetings.
Hank Steinbrenner was active in the family horse business, which is located in Ocala, Fla., and a board member of the Ocala Breeders Sales Co. He founded Hanks Yanks, an amateur baseball program.
Hank Steinbrenner joined his son, George Michael IV, to form Steinbrenner Racing in 2016. Following two years participating in the Indy Car development program, Steinbrenner Racing partnered with Harding Racing and last year was the first season the partnership competed on the Indy Car circuit.
Hank Steinbrenner, who attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana and Central Methodist University in Missouri, leaves four children and a granddaughter.