Date and Place of Birth: March 22, 1913 Sacramento, California
April 3, 1977 Sacramento, California
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: United States
Henry J “Hank” Steinbacher was born on
March 22, 1913 in
Steinbacher spent the next five seasons
He joined the Chicago White Sox in 1937 and
appeared in 26 games for a .260 average before spending the
remainder of the season back at
The Browns sent Steinbacher to the Toledo Mud Hens for the 1940 where he remained until joining the Buffalo Bisons of the International League mid way through 1942. He returned to his home state of California in 1943 and played for the San Francisco Seals, batting .318 that year.
Steinbacher was still with the Seals when
he passed his induction physical examination in February 1945.
After playing 19 games of the regular season, he entered
military service with the Army and was stationed at
Steinbacher spent the summer of 1945 playing for championship Camp Lee Travelers who won Third Service Command title that year. Led by manager/first baseman Gene Hasson, his teammates included Pete Reiser, Buster Maynard, Jim Hopper and Johnny Lindell.
Steinbacher was 33 when he was discharged
from military service and didn’t return to baseball. In 1947, he
joined the Sacramento Police Force, from which he retired in
1969. Hank Steinbacher passed away at his home in
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