Steinbrenner died on Tuesday at his home in Clearwater, Florida and was the oldest son of George Steinbrenner, with his own colorful personality to boot.
“Hank was a genuine and gentle spirit who treasured the deep relationships he formed with those closest to him,” the Steinbrenner family said in a statement.
“He was introduced to the Yankees organization at a very young age, and his love for sports and competition continued to burn brightly throughout his life. Hank could be direct and outspoken, but in the very same conversation show great tenderness and light-heartedness. More than anything, he set an example for all of us in how comfortably he lived enjoying his personal passions and pursuits. We are profoundly saddened to have lost him and will carry his memory with us always.”
Steinbrenner is survived by his daughters Jacqueline and Julia, and sons George Michael IV and John, and granddaughter Anabel.