Cooperstown Chronicles – Ross Youngs

Aug 10, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Ross Youngs, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1972.

The Numbers
Played 1917-1926 (10 Seasons)
1211 Games
4627 At Bats
.322 Batting Average (49th All-time)
812 Runs
1491 Hits
236 Doubles
93 Triples
42 HRs
592 RBI
550 Walks
153 SBs

Eight .300+ Seasons
Three 100+ Run Seasons
Two 200+ Hit Seasons
Four 30+ Double Seasons
Five 10+ Triple Seasons
One 100+ RBI Season

World Series:  2 Rings, 26 of 91 (.286), 10 Runs, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 17 Walks, 3 SBs

Awards
MVP Votes in 1 Season

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average -  6 Times
On-Base % – 7 Times
Slugging % – 3 Times
OPS – 5 Times
Games – Twice
At Bats – Once
Runs – 6 Times (Led league in 1923)
Hits – 5 Times
Doubles – 4 Times (Led league in 1919)
Triples – Twice
HRs – Once
Total Bases – 4 Times
Extra-Base Hits – 4 Times
RBIs – Twice
Walks – 7 Times
Stolen Bases – 5 Times
Hit by Pitch – 3 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 5 (368) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 115 (175) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 32.1 (224) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 72.5 (245) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Wow, the Giants got a bunch of undeserving players in the Hall of Fame, didn’t they.  George Kelly, Freddie Lindstrom, and Travis Jackson to name a few.  At first glance Ross Youngs appears to be in that group.  While he was among the leaders for a good chunk of his career, he never really was tops in any major offensive category.  Aside from his Batting Average and On-Base % his lifetime totals aren’t very impressive.  What can’t be overlooked was the tragic end to his life.  In his final year in the Bigs he was diagnosed with Bright’s Disease.  He still hit .306 that year and stole 21 bases.  The disease would take his life the following year at the tender age of 30.  It’s safe to assume that if he weren’t stricken with the illness he would have continued to produce for several years.  His career numbers would have been more impressive.  John McGraw called him his “Greatest Outfielder”.  That in itself is good enough for me.  Pep is a Hall of Famer in my book.

References
Baseball-reference.com
BR Bullpen

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