The Yankees Universe just lost a towering figure. According to the New York Post, Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner of the franchise, died at age 63. Joel Sherman reports that he passed away at home in Florida, after battling a lengthy illness that was not COVID-19.
The eldest son of George Steinbrenner, Hank assumed control of the Yankees in 2007, along side his brother Hal. He inherited the team in 2010 after the passing of the Steinbrenner patriarch. Despite maintaining his managing partnership, he rarely made public appearances on behalf of the team.
The organization released the following statement, noting his true “genuine and gentle spirit” despite a boisterous public persona.
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
Our thoughts are with the Steinbrenner family this morning.
This is a developing situation. Pinstripe Alley will update this story as news becomes available.