Splitting Heirs

November 19, 2007

GEORGESTEINBRENNER'S sons, Hal (left) and Hank (right), have taken over the Yankees'operations from their aging father, meaning two virtual unknowns run the mostvaluable franchise in U.S. sports. Hank, 50, and Hal, 38, have avoided thespotlight. How to tell if they're up to the task—or, for that matter, which iswhich? Here's a primer.

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The business side; elected chairman of Yankee GlobalEnterprises, he'll oversee the new stadium opening in 2009. YANKEES DUTIES The baseball side; already "insists" thatphenom reliever Joba Chamberlain will start in '08.
Culver Military Academy and Williams College (justlike his dad), then received an MBA from Florida-Warrington. EDUCATION Culver Military Academy and Central MethodistUniversity, where he played wide receiver and ran track.
Ran the family hotel business starting in 1996; builtit from three properties in Florida to six nationwide. BACKGROUND Ran the family's Kinsman Stable in Florida. Oncesaid, "The most exciting thing ... is a Kentucky Derby winner."
No, he's extremely quiet and private. Hal hasadmitted that his father can be a "pretty challenging boss." CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK? "George is a Barnum & Bailey guy; Hank isnot," a former manager of Kinsman once said. That seems to be changing;Hank has been outspoken, especially about A-Rod ("We don't wantyou").
A born CEO, he's willing to delegate responsibilityrather than micromanage. PHILOSOPHY Once said he's a stronger believer in a "solidminor league system" than his dad.
Representing his father at Cuban pitcher JoseContreras's introductory press conference in 2003, a year before Contreras wastraded to the White Sox as a bust, Hal said just one sentence: "I'll keepit brief, but we're expecting great things." CHOICE QUOTE To The New York Times in 1990, about Don Mattingly:"He's not really a player who packs the stadium. He's appreciated and he'sloved and he's a good guy and a great player, but a drawing card? I don't thinkso."
PHOTOMARIELA LOMBARD/ZUMA PRESS (HANK STEINBRENNER)
PHOTOTONY GUTIERREZ/AP (GEORGE STEINBRENNER) PHOTOJOHN MUNSON/THE STAR-LEDGER/US PRESSWIRE (HAL STEINBRENNER)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)