Baseball: New York Yankees' co-owner Hank Steinbrenner dies from 'longstanding health issue'

NEW YORK (REUTERS/ AFP) – New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner, whose family has overseen one of the most dominant franchises in all of professional sports, died at the age of 63 from a “longstanding health issue”, the team said on Tuesday (April 14).

Steinbrenner inherited the team along with his brother a decade ago and was in his 13th season as a general partner, seeing the Bronx Bombers win the World Series in 2009.

Known for his blunt personality and fierce allegiance to the Yankees, Steinbrenner played a key role in the team’s baseball operations and strategy.

“Hank could be direct and outspoken, but in the very same conversation show great tenderness and light-heartedness,” the Steinbrenner family said in a written statement.

“More than anything, he set an example for all of us in how comfortably he lived enjoying his personal passions and pursuits.

“Hank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him.

“He was introduced to the Yankees organisation at a very young age, and his love for sports and competition continued to burn brightly throughout his life.

His father, the late George Steinbrenner, owned the team for 37 years before his death.

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