January 22, 1925|
|Died: January 28, 1985
|August 30, 1948, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1958, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||137|
Robert George Young (January 22, 1925 – January 28, 1985) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of eight years in Major League Baseball, primarily as a second baseman. He played most of his career for the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise.
Born in Granite, Maryland, he was first signed by the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1946 season, and appeared in three games for them in 1948 before being traded to the crosstown Browns in June 1949. He was the Browns' regular second baseman from 1951 to 1953, tying for the American League lead in double plays as a 1951 rookie with 118, and leading the league again in 1952 with 127.
He continued as the starting second baseman after the team relocated to Baltimore before the 1954 season, and was in fact the first player signed to a contract that year. But the move closer to his hometown didn't produce strong results, and his batting average – which had hovered around the .250 mark – slipped to .245 in 1954 and to .199 in early 1955, leading to his trade to the Cleveland Indians in June. He played only 18 games for Cleveland over the rest of the season, and one game in 1955; his contract was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies in June 1957, and he appeared in 32 games for the Phillies in 1958, ending his career. Young batted .249 with 15 home runs and 137 runs batted in in 687 career games.
He spent part of 1957 with the Miami Marlins of the International League, where he, Woody Smith, Mickey Micelotta, and Pancho Herrera were considered to be one of the best infields in the International League, with one writer saying, "they make plays the Phillies couldn't make."
He died of a heart attack at age 60 in Baltimore.
- Anderson, Norris (September 22, 1957). "Sports Today". The Miami News. p. 2B.