Hank Leiber Collection (Steam Pump Ranch)
Henry Edward "Hank" Leiber (1911-1993) was a true legend in Arizona (make sure to take a deep breath before reading the next paragraph).
Born in Phoenix, Leiber was a three sport standout at the University of Arizona, earned All-Southwestern honors as a fullback (1930-1931), played professional baseball for both the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs, hit .331 with 22 homers in 1935, hit the longest fly ball out in the 1936 World Series at the Polo Grounds (490ft, caught by Joe DiMaggio), had to learn to walk again after being hit in the head by Bob Feller (no helmets at that time), made the 1938 National League All Star Team the following year, hit over .300 in 1939 and 1940, named to the 1939 and 1940 National League All Star Teams, hit in the head again in 1941 (forcing early retirement), moved back to Arizona (Steam Pump Ranch), bought the Tucson Cowboys of the Arizona Texas League with Hi Corbett and Roy Drachman, serves as manager/pinch hitter, hit a Grand Slam in his 40's against a young Alex Kellner (future 20 game winner), gets involved in real estate, develops the first neighborhood in NW Tucson (Oro Valley Country Club), builds the 49ers Ranch in East Tucson (owns and operates until the 1960's), becomes charter member of the Tucson Conquistadores, founding member of the Tucson Big Brothers, enshrined in the Arizona Baseball and College Coaches halls of fame, scratch golfer, winner of the 1950 club championship at Tucson Country Club, avid outdoorsman, and father to two boys.
Hank Leiber's former home at Steam Pump Ranch (Oro Valley, AZ) lies vacant since 2007 and his story has been largely forgotten. We have purchased a large collection of Hank Leiber memorabilia and believe that his story is important to future generations. In the third picture, you will see Hank Leiber celebrating with his wife at Steam Pump Ranch (1934). We have included his full obituary and feel that his former home and legacy should be restored in Southern Arizona (Steam Pump Ranch). Hank was Tucson's version of a "Field of Dreams."